Thank You For Visiting Sedona Legend-
The Jack And Helen Frye Story!
Sedona's Celebrity Love Story!
This is the official, not to mention only, web portal in the world
dedicated exclusively to the legacy of Jack and Helen Frye!
The Frye Legacy-
a Lifetime of Accomplishment!
By Randall Reynolds
The Sedona Legend Web Site is a copyrighted historical photo enhanced narrative presented for
educational and entertainment purposes. Some materials may be displayed in regard to the
United States Fair Use Act. This web portal is totally non-profit and generates no income nor
does it seek or has it ever accepted a single donation. It is an independent venture.
Sedona Legend was envisioned and created to provide Red Rock State Park visitors a
comprehensive historic overview for Jack and Helen Frye and their Deer-Lick and Smoke Trail
Ranches. This effort is now officially cited by R.R.S.P. as an indepth historical venue
representing Jack and Helen Frye.
Sedona Legend is encouraged by the many friends of Jack and Helen Frye. A gracious thank
you to the Frye and Varner families for invaluable support and Red Rock State Park staff and
volunteers for their enthusiasm.
Sedona Legend Helen Frye a.k.a. the Jack and Helen Frye Story
A Decade of Research and Presentation- Created By Randall D. Reynolds
Copyright © 2003 All Rights Reserved
The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle
and the House of Apache Fires
The Helen Frye House of Apache Fires
is Featured Prominently in this Walt Disney Classic
The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle was written by a friend of Helen's named White Bear
Fredericks of Sedona. Many of his friends (including Helen) encouraged him to develop the old
Indian tale into a story. White Bear was a treasured faculty member of Verde Valley School.
Helen was involved in a program for many years whereas art students from Verde Valley
School used her House of Apache Fires as an off-campus location of sorts. This beautiful and
poignant movie was said to have been made for the Wonderful World of Disney and aired on
the shows time slot on Sunday night; however, even though the movie indeed aired on the show
(12-29-1967) I have found evidence that it was also released in theaters too. The images seen
here are theatre display posters which were distributed nationwide. Walt Disney was not
involved with this particular film as he passed away a year before production. The story was
based on an authentic Hopi legend. The priest in the movie was played by White Bear himself
and the lead (Tutuvini) was played by child actor (Stanford Lomakema) from the Arizona Hopi
reservation. The eagle (called Oh Mau Mana in the movie) was a trained bird that had also
appeared in Lassie television shows.
If you have an opportunity to view this amazing film you will see the House of Apache Fires
which masqueraded as the Indian family’s dwelling (onset of film) as well as the Jack and Helen
Frye Ranch and Oak Creek. Interesting is the lush Ocotillo saplings which were once used on
the exterior of the Apache Fires house for overhang shading by Helen Frye. The edge of the
Apache Fires house is seen in the right corner of the lower right color photo above.
Rumor has it that Walt Disney spent part of a
summer at the House of Apache Fires- while
Helen moved down below (temporarily) to the
Willow House. The visit is not verified and
seems quite unlikely but Helen did entertain
many V.I.P.'s at her ranch. Perhaps Disney
needed a little R&R to explore the scenic
beauty of Sedona- Disney artists were inspired
by the area as well. Evidence of the Disney
association can be found down by Red Rock
Crossing (Disney Lane). Helen and Jack knew
many celebrities and Walt and his family
occasionally flew on TWA airliners.
Walt Disney and the Sedona Frye Ranch
Famous is the
Walt is seen in
later years at the
stairs of a TWA