A Divided Forest

by Doris Chapin Bailey



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/9/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 130
ISBN : 9781425137618

About the Book

A story about the life, times and lineage of Roy Daniel Bailey, as he grew up in Sitka and Juneau, Alaska during the 1920's, 30's and 40's. Roy, a Southeast Alaska Tlingit, was born in 1926, in a culture that was in disarray due to many factors. There were conflicting opinions within the culture as to the best way for Tlingits to raise their children within the alien dominant culture. Should they encourage assimilation or resist? Disarray also existed because of the seemingly inherent distrust the dominant culture had of all persons of darker complexion and different ways of looking at the world. The larger revolution took place 20-40 years earlier and Roy's generation was the second generation of children living a life of continuing cultural change and disintegration in a white culture that was completely at home with ideas of racial and cultural superiority. This book tells Roy's story of life as a child and young adult learning how to live in this confusing world. He met overt discrimination early and frequently. However, this book also shows his indominatable spirit, his sense of humor and refusal to be cast into any man-made mold. From the loss of his family to the loss of his beloved culture, he marches through life with his head high and love in his heart. There are many stories of this generation of Tlingits and their individual struggle for identity and value. It is the hope of the author that more of these stories will be forthcoming so that future generations might better understand those who lived in this time period.

About the Author

Doris Chapin Bailey was born and grew up in southern Idaho where outdoor activity was an important part of her life. When she married Roy in 1973, they had discovered they had a great deal in common: a love of life and the outdoors; a fondness for the quiet and beauty of nature; and a need for a close companionship.

Over the years, as she slowly learned the details of Roy's childhood, she felt a strong compulsion to put those stories to paper. This small book is the result of that compulsion. She hopes it adds to the history of the many Tlingits of her husband's generation who were taken from their culture and suffered the loss of belonging that was inevitable.

There are many lessons to be learned, ideas to be cultivated and a brighter future to be sought in this writing. Roy and Doris continue to live in Sitka, Alaska, where they enjoy the seasons of life and the magnificent scenery and wildlife that is Southeast Alaska.