People of the Black Sun by W. Michael Gear
A People of the Longhouse Novel (North America's Forgotten Past)

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Dekanawida has become known as “The Sky Messenger,” a prophet of immense power, and Hiawento is his Speaker. Thousands now believe in the Great Law of Peace and have joined the League. But they are still being harassed by marauding warriors from the People of the Mountain who steadfastly refuse to adopt the Great Law.

Dekanawida has prophesied destruction if the warfare continues. As one by one, portents start coming true, Dekanawida has one last chance to convince the People of the Mountain to join the League and save their world from utter destruction.

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About W. Michael Gear

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KATHLEEN O'NEAL GEAR is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for "outstanding management" of our nation's cultural heritage. W. MICHAEL GEAR, who holds a master's degree in archaeology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants. The Gears, whose First North American series hit the international as well as USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Tor Books. 382 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The child Lichen, however, tutored to shed self and give up her soul, will eventually pass through the Well of the Ancestors to the Underworld and confront the First Woman--who declares that ``Mother Earth would be better off without people...Part of my soul died with the last mammoth calf.'' At ...

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Here, in a story set about 11,000 years ago on the West Coast, Kestrel--a pregnant woman of an inland clan who's condemned to death by her violent, mad husband Lambkill--escapes and heads for the oceanside Otter Clan, kin of her dead lover.

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The conclusion of the four-novel People of the Longhouse saga, part of the Gears' long-running series of novels featuring ancient Native American peoples.

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