The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 82, July 1978 - April, 1979

Book Reviews

his own worst enemy, and, at times, he was guilty of practicing the ex-
treme federal paternalism which he frequently criticized. Nevertheless,
Collier must be singled out and praised for ending the allotment policy
and for attempting to redefine the Indians' role in American society.
Sam Houston State University RAYMOND WILSON
Between the Creeks: Recollections of Northeast Texas. By Deborah
Brown and Katharine Gust. (Austin: Encino Press, 1977. Pp. xiv-
+87. Illustrations. $12.50.)
The Rodeo of John Addison Stryker. Compiled, with an introduction,
by Ron Tyler. (Austin: Encino Press, 1977. Pp. 113. Photographs.
$15.)
Two books by the distinguished Encino Press of Austin are reviewed
here, but they are distinctly different works. Between the Creeks is an
understated, rambling look at the people and land in a secluded valley
spanning two Northeast Texas counties. The Rodeo of John Addison
Stryker is based on a rodeo photographer's career and is partly intended,
I think, to document the formative years of rodeo as a commercial
sport.
Between the Creeks works, as an unpretentious blend of words and
pictures which quietly attempts a great deal and succeeds. The Rodeo
of John Addison Stryker has a more goal-oriented tone, but the intro-
duction and pictures never clearly establish a context and the book re-
mains vague and unsatisfying.
First, the best. Between the Creeks is a work of love by a mother-
daughter team who moved from the East Coast to East Texas about
fifteen years ago. The words and pictures are innately gentle and un-
affected, slowly nudging us into a twenty-mile pocket northeast of Mt.
Pleasant, where traditional southern families, black and white, never
had much, never expected much or wanted much. Shortly after the
Civil War they began to settle a dense hardwood bottom bordered on
the north by Sulphur River and on the south by White Oak Bayou.
Poignant anecdotes and reminiscences-tape recorded for authentic-
ity-run through the book as oral equivalents opposite each photo-
graph. The snatches of legend, local gossip, bits of humor, and private
griefs and joys, all richly expand the book's scope until the backwoods
dialect and directness almost overshadows the pictures. But the pictures
soon match the immediacy of the words and loom stronger in a cumu-
lative, unhurried rhythm.

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