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The Bridge of the Gods

A Romance of Indian Oregon

By Frederic Homer Balch

An amalgamation of fact and legend that creates a portrait of rural Native American life in the 19th century First published in 1890, The Bridge of the Gods is a tale of the American Indians of the Northwest. Frederic Homer Balch describes missionaries attempting to convert Native Americans to Christianity, warring tribes who try to form an alliance to drive out the white settlers, and Native American legends of how the land—its mountains and rivers—came to be. Throughout his brief life, Balch observed and interviewed the American Indians in his native Oregon. More than a compilation of stories, Balch's classic work is a portrait of the Northwest tribes: their food, dress, shelters, canoes, gambling games, religious beliefs, and the sports and pastimes of their children.

Frederic Homer Balch was born in Lebanon, Oregon in 1861. Frederic carefully studied the native Americans who lived along the Columbia River and wrote works of fiction that incorporated elements of their religion and culture. After much study of these tribes he came to believe that their legends of a "Bridge of the Gods" a natural bridge, composed of granite, that spanned the Columbia River at one time — were based in fact. Later, while Balch was a minister at the Congregational Church of Hood River, Oregon he would write The Bridge of the Gods, inspired by the legend. His later book, Genevieve: A Tale of Old Oregon, was published after his death in 1891.

280 PAGES, 5.5 X 8.5
TRADE PAPER, $9.95 (US $9.95) (CA $11.95)
ISBN 9781634240215