The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 139

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Library of Congress. As late as 1923 a donor of an original copy
of the book suggested to the librarian of Princeton University
"that the book be somewhat safeguarded" to prevent its disap-
pearance or mutilation.
Baylor University
People of the Blue Water; My Adventures among the Walapai
and Havasupai Indians. By Flora Gregg Iliff. New York
(Harper and Brothers) , 1954. Map and illustrations. Pp. 271.
The range of experience open to Americans at the opening
of the twentieth century was indeed broad. In the summer of igoo
Senator Hanna and President McKinley faced large problems of
monetary policy, tariff policy, international trade policy, imperial-
ism abroad and agrarianism at home. In August of that year
F. J. Turner set out on his one trip to Europe, and in October
of the same year, Flora Gregg, the author of this book, left her
Oklahoma home and by the Santa Fe traveled to an Indian res-
ervation in Arizona. People of the Blue Water is the story of
her adventures among the Walapai and the Havasupai. While
McKinley and Hanna were scanning the election returns, and
Turner was touring the galleries of the Italian cities, Flora Gregg
was learning to deal with the brown-skinned children of a people
lately living under stone age conditions.
This is an altogether delightful and satisfying narrative. The
longest part of it tells of her life among the Havasupai who then
dwelt at the bottom of a remote canyon that opens on the grander
canyon of the Colorado. With informed sympathy, penetration,
and warm kindness the author relates her experiences. They
make good reading; she sounds no false notes. To give details
would spoil the sport. Suffice to say, that for some months, living
among Walapai and Havasupai, Flora Gregg turned back the
clock of American experience and (in large measure) became
(almost) one with the primitives she so sympathetically watched
and warded.
The photographs, sixteen pages of them, add to the pleasures
found in the text.
The reviewer hopes that Mrs. Iliff will write at least one more


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