Book Club: People of the Blue Water

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Friday, October 4, 2019   9 a.m.

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Book: People of the Blue Water

Flora Gregg, a young school teacher in Oklahoma, first heard of the Havasupai Indians, a small Arizona tribe, in 1900. Flora was of pioneer stock and it seemed to her that visiting an untouched people living in an isolated branch of the Grand Canyon and helping them adjust to the inevitable white invasion of their home would be another kind of pioneering. In her book People of the Blue Water Flora Gregg gives a vivid picture, not only of tribal peoples in transition, but of the motives and methods of a dedicated, compassionate teacher in an era of forced Indian assimilation. Her book is a simple but strangely moving document.