By Anthony Renwick McGill
When health practitioner Aaron Bell made the adventure from Boston to Pierre, South Dakota, to be on the deathbed of his brother, Abe, he couldn't have anticipated to come back into ownership of a stirring chronicle: his brother's hand-written account in their youth west of the Missouri within the final 3 a long time of the nineteenth century and the impression on them either one of a extraordinary guy, Reverend Eli Bell. Aaron, a full-blooded Sioux, and Abe, orphaned early in existence, have been drawn jointly in a rare kin that introduced religion and braveness to 2 cultures. The mysterious disappearance of Eli had unexpected implications for either one of the brothers. Set in an imposing panorama, Abe's tale recounts via new eyes the turbulent years that observed the extinguishing of the tradition of the Plains Indians and the robbery and desecration in their land.
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To the simple, the crippled, and the hurt, I let them know that they shall see God and be healed. ” Eli sat down with a thud on the grass, and there was prolonged applause, followed by a spontaneous and fulsome singing of the hymn, ‘Amazing Grace’. This beautiful anthem I had not heard before, but seemed to know the lyrics and tune through something akin to osmosis. When the singing had ended, there was a restive hiatus for about five minutes. My father beckoned me towards him, ensuring that I brought our packed lunch with me.
Each in turn paid final respects to him before withdrawing and leaving Margaret and Aaron to await the end together. Without warning, the sound ceased and Reverend Abe Bell passed into the next world. That night, Aaron Bell opened the packet. It contained a hand-written account labelled ‘Abe’s Story’ and another heavily taped envelope with the instruction that it must only be read after the other. As he unfolded the sheets, he recalled with a twinge of anxiety his brother’s final whispered words to him: “Forgive me, Aaron.
Pressing on ever deeper into Indian territory towards the Powder River, I felt excitement mounting in my gut. Each time I spotted a glint of sunlight flashing on a distant polished surface, or a feather-decked head silhouetted against the horizon, a new flurry surged in my pulse. We made camp in the shade of the towering majesty of one of the buttes. My father took out his special pick, which he kept strapped to the side of a pack animal, and approached the base of the wall of rock. This implement of polished steel had a gently curved head one foot in length, tapering to a point at one end, and the other was flattened to a hammer head.