Cheyenne DaughterAug 15th, 2006 | By rlittlebear | Category: 18-1: The Winding Road to Student Success, Media Reviews
by Lori Lambert, Ph.D., and Deanne Toby
Author House (2005) 104 pages
Review by Dr. Richard Littlebear
At first, it was disconcerting to have the author thinking and musing for the two main characters: Alfred and Helene. However, later on this device lent considerable immediacy and vitality to the two characters, and it slowly became an effective story-telling convention.
This is a story of sorrow and joy and ultimately of closure that spanned decades. It began with the ominous backdrop of World War II in the South Pacific. A quiet lonely young man and an adventurous aboriginal girl met, and in the normal course of boy/girl relations, a daughter resulted.
It is this girl who is the ultimate character with her decades-long effort to find her father. It is a poignant story in that Alfred and Helene never again communicated after the war ended; instead each married, had children, and went on with their separate lives.
Dr. Richard E. Littlebear has been the president of Chief Dull Knife College for 7 years. He knew Alfred Little Sun and his brother Horace, who was adopted by Richard’s grandmother when Horace was young. Horace also fought in the South Pacific during World War II.