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In Give Your Heart to the Hawks, Win Belvins presents a poetic tribute to these dauntless “first Westerners” and their incredible adventures. Here, among many, are the stories of:
-John Colter, who, in 1808, naked and without weapons or food, escaped captivity by the blackfeet and ran and walked two hundred fifty miles to Fort Lisa at the mouth of the Yellowstone River.
-Hugh Glass, who was mauled by a grizzly in 1823 and left for dead by his trapper companions, crawled three hundred mikes to fort Kiowa on the Missouri.
-Kit Carson, who ran away from home at age seventeen, became a legendary mountain man in his twenties, and served as a scout and guide for John C. Fremont’s westward explorations of the 1840’s
-Jedediah Smith, a tall, gaunt, Bible-reading New Yorker whose trapping expeditions ranged from the Rockies to California and who was killed by Comanches on the Cimarron in 1831.