By Winfred Blevins
Stunningly portrayed by way of Leonardo DiCaprio within the Golden Globe Award-winning and twelve-time Academy Award nominated movie The Revenant, mountain guy Hugh Glass’s harrowing trip three hundred miles to civilization after being mauled via a grizzly endure and left for lifeless is only one of the fantastic adventures Spur Award successful writer Win Blevins explores in Give Your center to the Hawks.
In addition to the alluring tale of Hugh Glass, Win Blevins provides a poetic tribute to those dauntless "first Westerners" who explored the good American West from the time of Lewis and Clark into the 1840s. As trappers in a adverse, trackless land, their exploits opened the gates of the mountains for the wagon trains of pioneers who them. the following, between many, are the captivating tales of:
* John Colter, who, in 1808, bare and with no guns or meals, escaped captivity via the Blackfeet and ran and walked 250 miles to fortress Lisa on the mouth of the Yellowstone River;
* equipment Carson, who ran clear of domestic at age 17, turned a mythical mountain guy in his 20s and served as scout and advisor for John C. Fremont's westward explorations of the 1840s;
* Jedediah Smith, a tall, gaunt, Bible-reading New Yorker whose trapping expeditions ranged from the Rockies to California and who used to be killed via Comanches at the Cimarron in 1831.
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Well, he had done it before. Traveled alone from the Three Forks to Fort Lisa after that other tangle with the Blackfeet. That time he had had a wounded leg. This time he was naked, so his feet would go raw. They were already cut. That made it about even. But the first time he had had his knife and gun. This time he was barehanded. He could survive, he thought, on roots and bark. More than two hundred miles—a long walk. When John Colter approached Fort Lisa, eleven days later, the man at the gate didn't recognize him.
They had certainly gone more than forty dollars worth. They had done it because they were not the kind of niggurs that would walk off and leave a dying man and not try to help. But it would be terrible and not right if it turned out they'd have to stay a week or two weeks or goddamn knows how long until old Glass gave up. Nothing for it, of course, but it still wasn't right. He kept on like that, gentle but clear, that day and evening. Glass stayed in the sleep that seemed ner death. Perhaps he would just ease over to being dead any time now, without making a sign.
He knew the words, Bible words mostly, that men in settlements put on that high country, but he didn't use them. The Rocky Mountains were too particular in his memories for those words to carry anything. He looked at Dixon over the rim of his tin cup when the word came. " Colter didn't answer right off, so Dixon and Hancock took turns persuading him. "Beaver's worth ten dollars a plew in St. " "'The three of us'll be partners. " He said he'd talk to Lewis and Clark about it. Lewis and Clark both thought that John Colter had it coming.