By Bunny McBride
This biography chronicles the extreme lifetime of twentieth-century appearing artist Molly noticed Elk. Born in 1903 at the Penobscot reservation in Maine, Molly ventured into express company at an early age, appearing vaudeville in ny, starring within the vintage docudrama The Silent Enemy, then dancing for royalty and mingling with the literary elite in Europe. In Paris she stumbled on an viewers extra appreciative of genuine local dance than within the usa. There she married a French journalist, yet she used to be pressured to depart him and flee France along with her daughter through the German career of 1940. utilizing vast diaries at the side of letters, interviews, and different resources, Bunny McBride reconstructs Molly’s tale and sheds mild at the strain she and her friends persisted in having to behave out white stereotypes of the "Indian."
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12 While Horace had little interest in surrendering traditional views for mainstream notions of progress, he felt nonetheless curious about life beyond the island. In the fall of 1900 he entered Dartmouth College on a "trial" basis. Apparently, after Horace arrived at the college, officials deemed him unprepared for its rigors and transferred him to Hanover Highschool, where he spent a year. He returned to Dartmouth and matriculated in September 1901. Academic records of him vanish after that date, although several subsequent issues of the college's alumni magazine mention him as a member of the class of 1904.
There, I swear, Molly gave me the conclusion to this book. Or, perhaps, the conclusion gave me Molly. BUNNY MCBRIDE Page xix Acknowledgments Molly's story could not have come to light without the help of her daughter, Jean Archambaud Moore, and her youngest sister, Eunice Nelson-Bauman. Both shared memories and memorabilia concerning Molly with generosity, trust, and candor. Plus, each time a new chapter rolled out of my printer, they reviewed it, and provided feedback that kept the facts on track and inspired me onward.
What a beautiful and uncommon union it wasa many-splendored and multileveled compatibility that, I'm convinced, most of us women hope for, but rarely find. I mourned Molly's death more and longer than even that of our mother. I find no words adequate enough to express my Page xi gratitude to the author who, through diligent and extensive research, has made available to me the story of an extraordinary woman who happened to be my sister. EUNICE NELSON-BAUMAN INDIAN ISLAND, OLD TOWN, MAINE Page xiii Preface It was 1988.