CAROL BLUE WING by Lyla Hoffine


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Can a young Indian girl from the southwest find happiness as a teacher in the big city? So wonders Carol Blue Wing, back on the reservation after three years at an eastern college, facing her adolescent dilemma with a self-consciousness reminiscent of an old radio serial. Wise Grandmother offers the solid ambiguity of ""the best of the old, the best of the new"" as her answer to the problem of choosing between two cultures. Tony LaBeau(?), Carol's fiance, argues with little, passion for their responsibility to bring the other world back to the reservation with, them; Gloria Wagner and Ken Beavers contrast as Indians unable and unwilling to make it outside the reservation, forced by their supposed rejection by white society back to ""the blanket."" Carol has not faced discrimination first-hand, and her exposure to a tourist attempting to communicate via early television language is unconvincing as an example of cultural obtuseness. The most Indian thing about Carol is her surname, and the ceremonies are just scheduled events.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1967
Publisher: McKay