Friday, June 18, 2010

Let's Have a Pow Wow

Can we talk? Oh ye-ah, like you have a choice? I need to have a Pow-Wow...

This past weekend I read what is no doubt one of the best historical fiction books ever written--River Passage--a true story of the Donelson Party of 1779-1780 on a trip from Virginy to Tennessee by river. I suppose they had too much carry-on luggage to fly.

I started at 9:00 Sunday morning and didn't stop 'till 9:00 that night. I couldn't put it down.

We traveled by flatboat (yes, Princess Whine-A-Lot was right there with um) which exposes you to the elements, which weren't friendly. It was colder than an ex-husband.

The Indians were downright hostile and wanted my scalp to wear around their belts (gray red tends to hide the old midriff bulge). We ran out of food on more than one occasion (not ONE Oreo), wore the same clothes every day (kind like one does when one works from home) and honey, I was worn slap out by that night.

The trip was suppose to take four weeks but ended taking four months and they got lost a time or two. And just whoooo was in charge of bringing the alarm clock? Probably the same man who wouldn't stop and ask which fork in the river to take. I'm just sayin'...

Holy Tepee! What an adventure!

But hold on to your moccasins cause there's a new kid in town. White Messenger. Now he isn't entirely "new" to me since he was in the first book by this author, p.m. terrell. That's when I first fell in lus--ah, love. Hubba, Hubba!

Talk bout a man. It was enough to have me braiding my hair and wanting to skin a bear. Whatttt?

Oh sure, like YOU don't fantasize about some Indian swooping down and gathering your fluffy self up on his horse, carrying you off to his tepee, and--uh--well--never mind.

With my luck, he WOULD have a bear that needed skinning and he'd want me to cook something over an open night...while he sneaks over to Princess Has-Abs-Of-Steel; a well-known tepee-wrecker.

Don't mess with Princess Gonna-Scalp-You-While-You-Sleep. And that ain't no sittin' bull.

JJ--on the warpath.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I "second" the recommendation for reading p.m.terrell's "River Passage" AND the first in the series "Songbirds Are Free"....fabulous job of bringing history to life and you did a grand job of describing the journey so I won't! I have a feeling you and I aren't the only ones who have read the books and discovered the joys of imagining White Messenger visiting our tee-pees.........tee hee.


8:11 AM  
Blogger Queen Jaw Jaw said...

I know Pamster. If you miss reading this book, you've missed out on an exciting adventure, non-stop. I think I forgot to eat that day. Oh wait, I didn't. I just saw my hips.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Chatty Lady said...

I too haved watched Indian movies and read the books accounting their lives in their times. I love trheir times and how they lived respecting nature. I however can't get past the no deodorant, same old smelly mens moccasins worn daily and smae yukky cloths. Nope, sorry but give me hygienne or give me death!

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most creative review I've ever read. You go girl. You should write a book. oh, wait...


2:01 AM  

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