- File Size: 484 KB
- Print Length: 184 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wilderness House Press (May 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007ZRQOHE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,003,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved his first book, Ceremonial Time, which tells the story of one square mile of land over a period of 15 thousand years. Naturally, as it goes back so far in time, it too has a lot of Native American history in it. But it was non-fiction. He did a few more books about this same area, all non-fiction too. And I loved the one about the African-American photographer he discovered, Robert A. Gilbert (Looking for Mr. Gilbert). And then, there was his memoir, The Rose Cafe, my favorite. (Can you tell I'm a fan?) But these were all non-fiction.
This one supposedly is not. But it sounds so true, I really don't know what to think. The researcher, Terilla Brown, who first found the evidence, supposedly, makes it all seem totally real in her Introduction. It does sound a little crazy --a group of mixed-race people living west of Boston in the "wilds" of what eventually became the Quabbin reservoir -- then making the great trek down the Appalachian trail to --- freedom? But it also seems completely plausible to me. Mitchell claims this is a work of fiction but given his past record, I wonder...
However, I was somewhat puzzled by the near ending. Here is a group of peaceable people who are committing the "crime" of crossing a Florida highway into the Everglades. Why should they be shot at and killed for such a misdemeanor? I would have liked to read about their descendants living there. In addition, if they could turn themselves into birds, why didn't they just fly away? or was only the narrator capable of such a feat?
The story began with the disappearance of an anthropologist who had found what he believed to be signs of such a group in the area where the reservoir was to be created. Preparation had already begun, towns had been abandoned, cemeteries had been respectfully moved. The young man, by the name of Minor Randall had become convinced that a group of people had managed to find a way to survive outside of the so called civilized world. He went to Harvard University, and asked them for support in locating and learning about these people. Apparently, the administration there had some serious doubts about his story, and no love lost for Randall. His persistence in his quest for support ended up with is losing his position at Harvard.
Because this had become more than just an intriguing mystery to Randall, but something of a quest, he assembled some food and necessary items for an extending stay in the area where he believed this group to be living. He set up camp and watched and waited. His vigilance paid off in the end, when he was captured by the descendants of Jenna Crow, or the Bird People.
What happened thereafter is what makes up this story. It is a transcript of the deposition of John Barking-Fox, as told to the authorities who took him into custody after finding him near Everglades City in July of 1929. He claimed to be the only survivor of the group who left their home in Massachusetts, led by the man they called Tracker, otherwise known as Minor Randall.
The story is somewhat difficult to follow at first, as it is written in the vernacular in which it was told. This was a mixture of Algonquin, English, French, Portugese and other words never before encountered. Persistence pays off, however as with continued reading, the story flows along more comfortably. It is well worth the effort to learn what Jon Fox has to say and to learn the fate of the Bird People. At least, their fate according to John Fox.
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