By John, Joseph Mathews
Speaking to the Moon is an strange and fascinating tale of a Thoreau-like event in distant northeastern Oklahoma.Following his collage schooling and his provider as a pilot in international conflict I, John Joseph Mathews back to his cherished Osage kingdom. He equipped a sandstone residence on a blackjack-covered ridge in the course of his ranch, and there he lived for ten years, stirred by means of a flora and fauna that used to be nonetheless undisturbed by way of the calls for of civilization. He turned part of the lifestyles that moved approximately his cottage.In this gorgeous account of what he observed and did and suggestion, Mathews describes his solitary existence one of the creatures of the ridge with infrequent belief and style.His observations are in line with the white man's seasons in addition to the Indian cycles of the moon, and he discourses upon the oddities of guy, the habit of animals (including the communicative conversing to-the-moon coyote), and the encircling and specific fantastic thing about his barren region domestic. Even the main jaded reader might be touched by way of the sensitivity and generosity of Mathews' reaction to the wildlife. To learn speaking to the Moon is to be reminded that this global as soon as existed for we all.
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I had thought, incidentally, that I might find some connection between man's artificial ornamentation and the useless ornamentation among the creatures of my little corner of the earth. " I am glad that this beautiful book, after being out of print and Page xi unavailable for more than thirty years, will be available again and to a new generation of readers. ELIZABETH (MRS. JOHN JOSEPH) MATHEWS PAWHUSKA, OKLAHOMA JUNE 3, 1980 Page 1 I The Sandstone House Three ridges roughly boat-shaped push their prows south into the sea of prairie.
Spring III. Just-Doing-That Moon 33 IV. Planting Moon 47 V. Little-Flower-Killer Moon 61 II. Summer VI. Buffalo-Pawing-Earth Moon 75 VII. Buffalo-Breeding Moon 95 VIII. Yellow-Flower Moon 109 III. Autumn IX. Deer-Hiding Moon 139 Page viii X. Deer-Breeding Moon 156 XI. Coon-Breeding Moon 174 IV. Winter XII. Baby-Bear Moon 193 XIII. Single Moon by Himself 210 XIV. Light-of-Day-Returns Moon 234 Page ix FOREWORD This is John Joseph Mathews' Walden. It is a book that a Thoreau or a Muir might write, but it is a Walden of the plains and prairies, of the 1930s and 1940s, by a Native American.
I hoped that this would be sufficient as an explanation, but the sly, patronizing smile on the man's face led me on until I out-Virgiled Virgil. "Well," I added with damning hesitation, "he .... well, as a matter of fact, he's been a sorta soldier of fortune, in a way; you know, he .... a man like that might have his enemies. You can't tell who might come prowling around the ranch house at night. A knife has to be used by an expert to be effective, you know. Seems he's been mixed up in a couple of revolutions in Mexico and South America.
Talking to the Moon by John, Joseph Mathews