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When the Legends Die – Part I: Bessie: Chapters 1–3

Summary Chapter 1 Bessie, an intelligent, strong-willed, and observant woman from the Ute tribe, lives with her son Tom and her husband George Black Bull in Pagosa, Colorado. George Black Bull has killed Frank No Deer in a fight after Frank repeatedly steals from him. Seeking an escape from arrest for murder by the Sheriff, …

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When the Legends Die – Part I: Bessie: Chapters 10–12

Summary Chapter 10 Tom suffers from a profound loneliness following his mothers death. To overcome this sense of solitude, he befriends the female bear, watching her as she plays with her two young cubs. Tom also befriends the squirrels, the chipmunks, and the bluejays. Interacting with these creatures much as he would with human friends, …

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When the Legends Die – Part II: The School: Chapters 13–15

Summary Chapter 13 After days of traveling, Blue Elk, Tom, and the bear arrive in town, where Tom finds himself unsettled and unaccustomed to his surroundings. The physical appearance of the other students at the school strikes him as particularly strange. When the school officials inform Tom that his bear must stay in a separate …

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When the Legends Die – Part III: The Arena: Chapters 25–27

Summary Chapter 25 While Red remains inside the house, sleeping off his drunkenness, Tom and Meo work together in the field to harvest beans. As they work, Tom and Meo converse a bit and familiarize themselves with one another. Tom explains that Red demands that he lose certain rounds in the competitions. Tom expresses his …

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