In my last post, we went into the Story Behind the Story of this same book, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE. This story was so influenced by my love of the old Jeanette MacDonald movies (I’m never sure if that name is MacDonald or McDonald.) And I told you of their love for each other that spanned over thirty years and many obstacles, including outright suppression by the MGM studio and Louie Mayer. I can’t watch the two of them without coming away with the impression that they were deeply in love with each other — but that’s the subject of the last post.
But there’s more to the story of SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE — and so I thought I’d tell you a bit more about that, because it’s very spiritual.
Back in 1998, I had been working with the Blackfeet Indians on a literacy project, which was quite successful in what it did for many people on the reservation (those who went through the program).
You can see some of the info at this link: http://novels-by-karenkay.com/project.htm, But after several years of working towards education of those who had somehow slipped through the cracks, the project closed its doors. However, Patricia Running Crane Devereaux decided that she’d like to take on the torch and perhaps reopen the project (she had been its first graduate). This picture, below, is of Patricia and a chief at the pow-wow in Browning, MT.
So Patricia came down to LA, very courageously driving down from Browning, MT and braving the LA traffic. She stayed with my husband and myself and so we came to know each other pretty well, and I think of Patricia to this day as a member of my family. Here’s another few pictures of Patricia — one of her at Christmas time at our house — another at a pow-wow. Patricia is on the left in the picture — Elaine is in the middle and I’m on the right.
Now the thing was that when Patricia came, I was in the middle of writing Soaring Eagle’s Embrace. And what was even more interesting is that her medicine man had the same name as my hero and the ceremony that I was in the midst of describing — and having my hero and heroine go to, was the same ceremony that Patricia was going to go to when she returned to the reservation
It was during the writing of this book that I came to understand so much more about the Blackfeet through Patricia. She helped me with several songs in the book and allowed me to put to paper one of her own songs for the book. It was a very magical time for me — and I think perhaps for Patirica, also.
My friendship with Patricia fills that book and to this day, I treasure this time in my life as something very, very special, indeed. If you care to look at my tour page — always at the end, there’s little segments of my life at the time of that tour. Almost always you’ll see picture after picture of myself and Patricia or my husband and Patricia or someone else and Patricia. Truly, she became a part of my family.
And that’s what made the writing of Soaring Eagle’s Embrace the very special book that it is. I was influenced greatly by this beautiful, beautiful being. And although she’s back on the reservation and I’m still here in the LA area, I love her (and all her family) with all my heart. I’m going to close this blog with several more pictures of Patricia, my very dear friend (and sister).
Well, I hope you have enjoyed the blog today. Please do leave a comment because I will be giving away a free book today!