Catch Colt

Nov 15th, 1995 | By | Category: 7-3: Investing, Media Reviews

by Sidner J. Larson
University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln, 1995

Review by Faith Hagenhofer

“Catch Colt” is how Gros Ventre (or as the author says Grovons) refer to children born of unmarried mothers. The term applies to an unplanned horse pregnancy, but it also refers to the effort to give them a fair chance at life. Larson spent summers on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana with his grandmother and his aunt. During the winters of his alienation at school in Shelby, Montana, he retreated to the library. Of this time he writes:

“Although I didn’t realize it at the time, having to deal with being excluded was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me. The reading¼put me back in control of my own life (and) opened up worlds that would eventually make a real difference to me. And without a doubt, compared to Will James, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and others, the warehousing and petty politics going on in the Shelby school system were as dry as dust.”

Through a maze of careers and life’s U-turns, Sidner Larson has arrived in the world of literature, teaching English at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.  He writes simply and beautifully of this journey. If his teaching is in any way as generous, open-minded, observant, and full of heart as his writing, then the university world is better for his being in it. This book is part of a series of autobiographical writing, American Indian Lives.

Faith Hagenhofer is the librarian at the Nisqually Tribal Library in Olympia, Wash.

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