By Mary Ann Wells
An oblique descendant of Weatherford, Wells set out on a magical trip to discover him and her personal identification. If my course used to be actual, she says, i might comprehend that desire should be reborn from private depression, and that, within the rebirth, each one folks can decide on who and what we are going to be. Weatherford was once born c. 1775 to club in his grandmother's Wind extended family of the Alabama (Creek) tribe, the son of a mixed-blood mom and a wealthy Scots dealer. Declared by way of his grandmother to have a different non secular present, he was once sheltered from the Euro-American academic method and as a tender guy earned the identify purple Eagle. Wells, born in south Mississippi to a relations of Choctaw mixed-bloods, used to be made to suppose varied and unwelcome in mainstream society. In penning this e-book she units forth to spot herself through a religious hyperlink along with her kinsman and to appreciate his management within the Creek struggle of 1813-14.
From exhaustive study and oral kinfolk tales she describes lifestyle and considering between southeastern Indians within the Creek confederacy, and together with her shiny insider point of view she recounts the ancient evidence. the solid of characters comprises Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett, Tecumseh, Seekaboo, and runaway slaves. transferring among ancient episodes and the current, Wells pursues the genuine tale of purple Eagle. Her suspenseful prose provides a visceral feel of ways Indians felt as sufferers of the yank govt and of ways that they had no recourse yet to struggle. As her narrative progresses, Wells is transported in time and position, and along Weatherford she watches the Creek struggle unfold-with conventional Indian values and morals stuck within the maelstrom. She expresses first-hand affliction because the struggle performs out with devastating results on local tribes.
just like the vintage Black Elk Speaks, Wells's Searching for pink Eagle is a window on American Indian concept, spirituality, and philosophy.
Mary Ann Wells lives in Taos, New Mexico. She is the writer of Native Land: Mississippi, 1540-1798 (University Press of Mississippi) and editor of Sacred World, an interdisciplinary magazine of yank Indian faith and spirituality