Astonishing Ignorance on Native Matters

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Most people where I come from (UK), familiar with ‘cowboys and Indians’ movies, see Native Americans as “the bad guys” – taking scalps, killing indiscriminately, and so on. Well, if your territory was suddenly invaded by stranger folks with curiously pale skin who seemed intent in taking it off you, maybe you would react a little bit like that!

In the course of researching the fourth of my books, which is almost certainly going to be called ‘Let the Future Find Me’, I’ve learned a lot more about the rights – and wrongs – of the natives of my adopted country. In our little bit of Tennessee, they’re quite hard to find, at least in our circles. What I really need to understand better is how a young guy in the Native community would be treated if he outed himself as gay. I confess to certain assumptions. I may be wrong. My opening chapter sets the scene up in that respect, and I’ll willingly forward a draft of it to anyone who feels that they can help me to get the ‘balance’ right on this delicate matter! gymacrobat@gmail.com

And in the meantime, I endorse the words of that blessing (above) as we turn to our customary ‘worship’ of the well-developed and fit male body.

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And now the back view:

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For anyone new to this blog, I mention three previous books on the subject of the pursuit of fitness (especially acrobatics), gay love, and circus life (including the bad times!)

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

With number four (which is fiction and separate from the others) there will be more than a million ‘words of Tone’ out there, in e-book format too. Scary. But so far, so good… if enough of you guys support the project by actually buying them!!

Meanwhile, we head for the gym:

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Well, I’m in a bit of a rush right now, so just one more for today: enjoy!

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About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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