The Peace Chief by Robert J. Conley
A Novel of the Real People

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It is the early days of the European expansion into America, and a young Cherokee must be reborn in order to lead his people through this difficult time.

A sweeping novel of the sixteenth-century Cherokee, The Peace Chief is the story of Young Puppy, a young man who, during a fight with the enemy Ofos tribe, mistakenly kills his best friend, Asquani. That it happened by mistake makes no difference. Young Puppy, as a member of the Long Hair Clan, has killed a member of the Wolf Clan and now things are out of balance between the clans. The usual solution is for a Wolf to kill Young Puppy. But he has fled to Kituwah, a Mother town, wherein no one may be killed. If he should leave, he would be killed, but if remains within its borders until the new year, is offense will be forgotten.

Thus begins the journey of Young Puppy-a man who is spiritually reborn as "Comes Back to Life" and comes to lead his people as a ceremonial leader, the Peace Chief. During a time of uneasy relations with the French, and incursion for the Spanish, and trouble with the Senika (Seneca), Comes Back to Life must guide his people along a difficult path. The Peace Chief is a powerful evocation of a time and of a people.

 

About Robert J. Conley

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Robert J. Conley, a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees, is the author of over forty books and the recipient of three Spur Awards. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife, Evelyn, also a Cherokee. Mr. Conley writes full time and is currently at work on the third book in the ongoing adventures of Kid Parmlee.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 364 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Set in the 17th century, Conley's (War Woman, etc.) engaging new novel continues his exploration of Cherokee history. Having accidentally killed another Cherokee in battle, Young Puppy is forced to mo

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Set in the 17th century, Conley's (War Woman, etc.) engaging new novel continues his exploration of Cherokee history.

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