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This memoir relates the childhood memories of Florence Bell. She lived on the Blackfoot Reserve in Alberta in the 1930s and 1940s where her family worked at the Anglican Mission School. As the daughter of English immigrants to Canada in the 1920s, her life rotated between the culture of Canada at the school she attended in the small town of Gleichen, the morals and manners of the British Empire embodied in her relatives, and the tribal life of her neighbors, the Siksika tribe of Blackfoot Indians. Frugal living during the poverty of the Great Depression and rationing of essentials during World War II contrast sharply with the experiences of her children and grandchildren today, for whom Florence wrote these memories stories of interest to historians and others as well.
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As a child living on the Alberta prairies during the 1930s and 1940s, Florence Bell traveled back and forth between the influence of three different cultures -- English morals and manners of her family working as missionaries on the Blackfoot Reserve, her Indian neighbors emerging from their tribal past, and the Canadian people striving for independence.Dust, the Great Depression and World War II added other dimensions.A landscape of grass blowing under a dome of sky became the constant reality used by this Canadian child to forge her own identity. This memoir lets her share the journey with you.About the Author:
Born in British Columbia, Canada, Florence Bell moved with her parents to the Alberta Prairies when she was five years old. Her father was employed as farm manager at the Old Sun Residential School on the Blackfoot Reserve, where her maternal Uncle Jack was the principal. She remained there until Canada joined the fight in World War II and her father volunteered to join the army. Without a tie to the mission school, her mother moved to Calgary where she could better support herself and her daughter. Florence attended St. Hilda s School for Girls, Central High School, and Mount Royal College. Upon graduating, she worked in an accountant s office. She later joined a rifle club, pursuing a hobby that used the skill introduced years earlier by her Uncle Jack when he taught her to shoot prairie dogs on the grounds of the mission. When she met an American, Wesley Ore, at a competition held by the rifle club, a long-distance romance developed. She eventually married him and moved across the border to Montana, where she raised her family. Now widowed, Florence continues to make her home in the shadow of the Tobacco Root Mountains in the small town of Pony, Montana, where she is surrounded by children and grandchildren. She writes and works as an editor both free lance and for a small publishing company and continues to read voraciously, a habit developed early in life in the extensive library of her Uncle Jack.
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