Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom

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A moving children's story about the exchanges of empowerment between Native and African American communities.

 

It is the early 1800s, on the Choctaw side of the Bok Chitto River. When her momma asks Martha Tom to fill her basket with blackberries for an upcoming wedding, the little girl crosses Bok Chitto, loses her way, and encounters the calling together of a Black church secreted in the Mississippi woods. After an enslaved Black father instructs his young son how to move among the white people without being seen—“not too fast, not too slow, eyes to the ground, away you go!”—Little Mo escorts Martha Tom past the plantation house and back to the river, where she shows him how to cross. The relationship between the two children and their respective families deepens, and when trouble comes—“it always does, in stories or in life, trouble comes”—magic is made, and the Black family is empowered to cross to freedom. A beautiful story, made even more so by Bridges’ luminous paintings.

 

Author: Tim Tingle (Choctaw)

Illustrations: Color illustrations by Jeanne Rorex Bridges (Cherokee)

Binding Availability: Paperback or Hardcover

Published: 2006

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Choctaw