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Ray Young Bear takes readers on a journey of spirituality, self-discovery and survival

In this episode of the Talk of Iowa Book Club, Charity is joined by author Ray Young Bear for a conversation about his book, “Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives.” It’s a story about Edgar Bearchild, a young man on a journey of spirituality, self-discovery and survival.

Later on, expert readers Jim O'Loughlin, Morgan Bear and Alaska Reid provide insights on the novel.


  • Ray Young Bear, author "Black Eagle Child"
  • Jim O'Loughlin, professor and chair, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Northern Iowa
  • Morgan Bear, member of the Meskwaki Nation and academic advisor at Kirkwood Community College
  • Alaska Reid, singer-songwriter and musician