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Also Koi-ehm-toya (p. 252), Grey is a medicine woman who writes about Billy the Kid as she moves from adolescence to womanhood. Grey gives the bear medicine to Set as her great grandmother requested. She helps him to gain his spiritual status as the bear and becomes his wife along the way.

Grey is a very different person while in Oklahoma from who she becomes on the Navajo Reservation. She rides bareback and naked in Oklahoma, a wild child with a close connection to spirituality and nature. On the Navajo Reservation, she becomes more beautiful and full as a woman. Her demeanor still reflects the growth that she has attained, but her greatest strengths come through as a more gentle and harmonious person. This is not the taming of a shrew, but the blossoming of a wonderful flower. She retains her individuality and balance while her environment softens.

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