Seizer of Eagles (1921) (English Edition)
J. W. Schultz (1859–1947) was an author, explorer, and historian known for his historical writings of the Blackfoot Indian life in the late 1800s, when he lived among them as a fur trader. In 1907, Schultz published My Life as an Indian, the first of many future writings about the Blackfeet that he would produce over the next thirty years. Schultz lived in Browning, Montana. In 1922 this Plains Veteran published "Seizer of Eagles"; as to be expected it is“real stuff,” vivid and exciting, with the value that comes from firsthand knowledge.
"Seizer of Eagles" is the true story of the Blackfeet youth "Little Otter" and how he earned the right to become known as "Old Sun, Seizer of Eagles.” The author states that this is a true story told him by Little Otter himself. It tells of the youth's ambition to become a seizer of eagles, of his preparation, fast and training before he makes the first trial.
To be a seizer of eagles is a position of great distinction among the Blackfeet tribes and in order to merit it vigorous fasts have to be endured, feats of archery accomplished and many religious rites performed. Little Otter starts out with a happy heart, and with the help of old Red Wings the great Sun priest begins his quest.
The book was well-received at the time of its publication:
“An authentic tale of the Blackfeet Indians especially for those with a strong urge for adventure.” The Continent