James Alexander Thom: Sign Talker The Adventure of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition



Have read the journals Stephen Ambrose s books been on accessible parts of the route visited Fts Mandan Clatsop the museums So when this book popped up on one of book bargain sites I bought it was not disappointed I loved this book What a great way to read about the xpedition I wish all history could be written this way The alternate point of view presented by the narrator provided several ahh ha moments and ven a few chuckles This book is beyond amazing It tells the story of the Lewis and Clark Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! expedition through theyes of George Drouillard their main interpreter and most skilled hunter Lewis and Clark hired him before they left and he continued to work for Clark Cannibal even after they returned This man you ve never heard of was a much bigger part of thexpedition than Sacagawea The words of the author Because he went by his French name most people who read about Lewis and Clark presume he was another of the thirty odd white men who made up the Corps of Discovery If he had Mastered (The Enforcers, ever given the captains his Shawnee name it might have gotten into the journals and he would have been conspicuous as a person of color in this Anglo American troop He does not deserve the obscurity that has clouded his name Without him Lewis and Clark might well have failed to complete the trip He was an Indian and understood the doubts and feelings Indians had about these presumptuous white intruders I ve reallynjoyed Alexander Thom s other books about the Lewis Clark Man, Son of Man expedition Ixpected to find of the same in this book as so many of his books. Captains need an Alter Ego extraordinary hunter who will be able to provide thexpedition with fresh game and a sign talker to communicate with the native tribes They choose George Drouillard It is Drouillard an actual historical figure who becomes our yes and ars on this unforgettable odysseyDrouillard a metis raised among the Shawnee cannot fathom what drives the two men Nor can he help but admire their ingenuity and courage as they tackle the journey into the unknown Along the way he watches as they shrewdly shape and discipline their force adding French Canadian rivermen to guide the xpedition up the Missouri and an Ind.

I liked this book for the interesting perspective of Native American Life It held my interest to the nd Well written and well researched as far as I can tell Nice to get a perspective of the Unseen City expedition from a Native American rather than the Euro centric Manifest Destiny view that dominates history in the US We were taught in school that Sacajawea was with Lewis and Clark for the whole trip as their interpreterboy did we get scammed And George Droulliard got a raw deal in Lewis and Clark historyAs for James Alexander Thomstill at the top of my favorite writers right now This book opened myyes to the Lewis and Clark Expedition I very much appreciated the perspective of Drouillard who was half Native American and half French I had no idea how unlikely it was that they survived the trip at all Neither the Native Americans nor the rigors of the trip killed them off surprisingly Great read Gripping and interesting Point of view of Native American was very welcome Alexander Thom s wife Dark Rain is Shawnee so no doubt helped Mr Thom in point of view Read it It is on my shelf to reread which I ve done at least 2x after the first You might be interested in finding out about him and his books jamesalexanderthom dot comI did some follow on Lewis Clark xpedition xploring This occurred on the God Is in the Crowd exact dates and places of the Expedition 200 years to the date in 2003tc Really great with period clothing and Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard euipment Wow Everything about Lewis Clark s Voyage of Discovery interests me since reading about Sacajawea many years ago In hisxtraordinary body of work James Alexander Thom does than bring the past to life; he makes us The Matriarchs (The Family experience history as if we were witnessing it for the first time Thom's new novel is annthralling adventure with fascinating real life characters and a heart grabbing narrative that casts a vivid light on a momentous chapter in American historyFlint and Steel begins just after the Louisiana Purchase Thomas Jefferson has sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to penetrate the newly acuired territory journey up the Missouri River cross the Rocky Mountains and reach the glimmering sea in the far West To survive the two.

Overlap But it is very different and I Notes for the Everlost enjoyed it greatly I didn t realize that George Drouillard was an Indianven though he had a French father I always thought with a name like George he was probably raised as a white man This book presented the the When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) expedition through theyes of a Native American Great book I would recommend reading From Sea to Shining Sea first to get the Clark viewpoint of the No Biggy! expedition This is a book by a Bloomington author James Alexander Thom about the Lewis Clarkxpedition the Corps of Discovery that went from St Louis to Oregon and back when Th Jefferson was president Madison was president by the time they returned This is a subject I m really familiar with not only from books but having lived and traveled in places where the Corps spent significant time The marvelous thing about this book is that it is told from an Indian standpoint Lewis instead of being lionized is many times ridiculed as just another whiteman The views of the author happen to rest Crush It! easily on me and they have little to do with Jefferson in particular Not only did the subject of the book and its viewpoint grip me but the writing wasxemplary Factual accounts that invoked Attracting Birds to Your Backyard emotions An almost perfect historical novel as far as I m concerned I do hope I have an opportunity to meet the author one of these daysThe best compliment I can pay this book is that it took me forever to read I savored it so Reading and re reading pages to absorb the fact andxperience the Deep Listening emotions In retrospect I didn t read this book Ixperienced it. Ian woman Sacagawea who will play a crucial role in negotiations with the Western tribesAfter plunging into an unforgiving land and near madness the triumphant achievement of two captains will be Bird-by-Bird Gardening eclipsed by an overwhelming tragedy that will touch not only Meriwether Lewis and the frontier tribes but George Drouillard himself A magnificent tale told with intelligence and insight Flint and Steel is full of song and suffering humor and pathos James Alexander Thom has created the rarest readingxperience one that The Works of Saint Augustine entertains usven as it shows us a new vision of our nation our past and ourselves From the Hardcover ditio.

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James Alexander Thom born 1933 is an American author most famous for his works in the Western genre Born in Gosport Indiana he graduated from Butler University and served in the United States Marine Corps He is a former professor of journalism at Indiana University and a contributor to the The Saturday Evening Post His fifth wife Dark Rain Thom was a member of the Shawnee United Remnant