Femme des Oiseaux

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Scetch of Femme des Oiseaux in the Book about the expedition 1523 by Carlos Gomez y Parador, printed 1526 as one of the first books in Latina

Femme des Oiseaux (born between 1499 and 1502 at an unknown place - died 1544 near Grisuldy) was an indigen woman. Her indigene name means "Bird-woman". She is better known under the fenkisk translation, because she was married with a frenkish speaking man. She was engaged at the Rio Norte-expedition of 1523 as a translator. This expedition should explore the Rio Norte north of the Porta Ferra - now the province of Valle los Ciervos.

Born in a tent of an indigen tribe around Schneewittchen (now province Inca) as young girl she and her younger sister Otter-woman "married" the trapper Guilleaume Beauclerc. Later Beauclerc took Femme des Oiseaux in his house in Latina (Ciudad), but let the little sister in the tent - so he has always one of his women around him.

In Latina the young woman learn to read and to write and was well seen in the circle of people with better knowledge, because she could tell about indigen people and the geograpy of the land. Therefore she was choosen 1523 to go with the expedition to the north. At this time she was 21 or 24 years old and described as a very pretty person. As the exppedition started her husband was away to hunt - but she said, that has no meaning for her. The two children of Beauclerc and her then stay at good friends.

The expediton startet with 4 boats and 30 men, all weapened. She sit in the first boat with her white leather-coat like a gallion-figure. To go with a woman means for indigen tribes, to come in peace. Indigene tribes in southern Tarephia never go with women on the "war-path". Therefore the expedition come good to the north the 300 km to the Porta Ferra and the more 300 km to the mountains, where the Rio Norte had his source. Femme des Oiseaux translated and wrote wordbooks about the different indigen languages in this area, told about plants to the other and so was a helpful member of the expedition.

After some days Carlos Gomez y Parador, the leader of the expedition, are sure, that she has sexual relations with four or five of his men. But she said to him, that she are a free woman and her man, Senor Beauclerc, is far away and has his own affairs. So Gomez y Parador did nothing, because he want not lost her for his expedition.

Back to Latina she give birth to a boy, Frederico Beauclerc. But her man get knowledge, that this was not his child and hunts out her from his house with the words, that if ever he will see her, he will kill her. Some weeks she lives on the ranch of Gomez y Parador outside the town (now the northwestern edge of the barrio # 5 - Toledo). But her situation in the town was not to hold. Her boy later live in the house of Gomez y Parador. This gentleman pays the education of the boy and Frederico Beauclerc later was a lawyer in Saguset.

In the summer 1824 she leaves the town in a canoe with spear, bow and a sword because nobody will give her fire-weapons. Her way was upward the Rio Guimbras and in Latina (Cidudad) she was never seen again.

All what later happened is not documentated and only told. If there exist documents, thei are in the hand of the Du Bois family. The family itself has told, that there are no documents - only the one about her death at 17th of June 1544. That may be true or not.

Some time she shall have lived near Grisuldy in the Mesa Verde. Later she goes more to the northwest, over the watershed and til the coast near Alderon - hunting or living a while with some man. Here 1534 (now roundabout 35 years old) she meets Guilleaume Du Bois and told him, that the bight, where he landed with his ships, are only land without worth. The better land lay in the east of the mountains at the Guimbras river, 600 km away. Too she told him from her expedition of 1823 and that north of the Porta Ferra also is fertile land. Du Bois takes her with him and she get a golden chain and golden earrings from him as gift. She sit at his dish all the way to Guimbras - if she too lay in his bed is uncertain. 1536 Guilleaume Du Bois created the nucleus of his pricipality in Guimbras in 12 tents at the place, where now is the city of Du Bois.

Some years Femme des Oiseaux lives in the tent-town of Du Bois and it is told, that she was gone to the tribes in the area, to make arrangements with the tribe-chiefs and the Du Bois. Meanwhile trappers and unsatisfied settlers of the colony of Latina meets the Du Bois. Some day in 1544 Guilleaume Beauclerc came to Guimbras, to play a better role at the Du Bois as in the bureaucratic colony. Here he get knowledge about his lost woman and that she again was in the area of Grisuldy. As he has spoken, he shot her down. Indigen people around buried her at an til today unknown place - only the golden chain was taken back to Giulleaume Du Bios from an indigene chief as symbol, that she was dead.

Here the only existing document give clarity. Guilleaume Beauclerc was beheaded for murder at 28th of September 1844 in Du Bois. As he mean, she was "only an indigene woman", the people see, that Guilleaume Du Bios makes down his thumb and the three judges follows him.

The indigene people of the Grisuldy-area always remember Femme des Oiseaux. So now her only portrait in the book about the expedition is part of the flag of the town of Grisuldy.