THE CAPTURE OF WEST WIND by Rutherford Montgomery


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A smooth, even tale of the taming of wild horses by a tribe of Sioux Indians. The revelation that he would one day capture West Wind, the wild stallion of the Plains, comes to Gray Eagle in a dream. With a desire to realize the dream, the Indian brave secretly sets out for the mesa. He snares the stallion by roping him and winning an excruciating battle of endurance as West Wind struggles to get free. The fact that the horse frightens off a bear, even in captivity, is interpreted as a good omen. Triumphantly Gray Eagle rides back to camp to the mixed admiration and suspicion of the young and old tribesmen. For Gray Eagle has a plan; to improve the hunting techniques of the tribe. Previously buffalo and antelope had been hunted on foot; now Gray Eagle proves the efficiency of the hunter rider. Descriptive prose with a smattering of dialogue vividly portrays the vital aspects of the hunt and the taming of wild horses. The author depicts the Indian pattern authentically with his emphasis on rugged action instead of verbal communication.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1962
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce