THE SHINING TRAIL by Io Fuller
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THE SHINING TRAIL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An excellent follow up on Leon Feather in a second story of Indians, this time the Bauke under their great leader, Black Hawk. Iola Fuller was brought up in the country where Leon Feather was set and once again she shows a sure knowledge of not only the intimate living customs, but of the way Indians think and feel. One feels on the inside looking out, one sees the whites as the Indians saw them. The pace of this story in slower, but throughout the record of the struggle of the auks to hold on to the land that had always been theirs, one follows the thread of plot around the Sioux lad, brought up in the lodge of his mother's capton, the crippled Tomah, arrow maker, teller of tales, keeper of records, who dared not live too much in a brilliant past as a chief, comrade of Black Hawk. Chake clings to his Sioux traditions, but when he is adopted by Black Hawk, he is true to his foster-father, and leads his people, even to the bitter end of destruction, deprivations and defeat -- when it is his Bloux brothers who save the remnants. There is a slender romance, between Chaske, the lad, and a white girl, while his Indian mate stands aside biding her time. Beautifully told, and a book that once again stamps shame on our story of Indian conquest. Good regional, historical material.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1943
Publisher: Duell, Bloan & Pearce