Two of the themes behind the story of A Trip and A Tumble, book V in The Tales of Chetzemoka, are the immense complexity between Puget Sound tribes, and the marriages that occurred between aboriginal women and early settlers. The following excerpt is from A Trip And A Tumble's Appendix VI, which relates some of the historical background behind the story:
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In recognition of October being a time to remember the departed in many cultures, this month's poems are taken from the anthology,
Words For Parting: Victorian Poetry on Death and Mourning
We walk together. If while you are watching
The waves which beat so strong upon the shore,
I should be missing and you could not find me
And could but touch the garment which I wore,
I pray of you —weep not, —and when you call me,
Forget that name which once was mine to you.
Forget the face which hid a spirit's features,
We meet again where old has changed to new.
But should you seek for me upon earth's bosom
And if to find me you would wander far--
Listen— I'll lie amongst the tangled grasses,
I'll tremble in the light about a star.
I'll sing to you by means of women's voices,
I'll weep to you in saddened children's hearts.
I am a part of life, and you, beloved,
Touch close to me amongst the other parts.
The Cosmopolitan. March, 1895. p. 528.
Author: Sarah A. Chrisman
(Known around Port Townsend as "The Victorian Lady"