Touching the Fire by Roger Welsch
Buffalo Dancers, the Sky Bundle, and Other Tales

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"A remarkable collection. The book is engrossing, wonderful, and belongs to anyone who cares about our unwritten American history."


When the Europeans invaded this continent, they took land and water, but ignored what may be the greatest riches of all: the dazzling wealth of Native American spiritual and psychological wisdom. Now, adopted Omaha tribesman Roger Welsch, a.k.a. Bull Buffalo Chief brings a new collection of stories about an imaginary midwestern tribe, the Turtle Creek Nehawkas, the way they are, the way they were. Bright with the flame of traditional Native American wisdom, TOUCHING THE FIRE will bring new warmth and awareness into the heart and life of all who read it.

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About Roger Welsch

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published September 15, 1992 by Villard. 270 pages
Genres: Westerns, Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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The opening pieces, concerned with contemporary political issues, are more problematic: characters rarely transcend stereotype, and affirmative endings seem forced-- as when a violent racist ex-drug-dealer turned bounty-hunter tracks down two young Indians who've jumped bail after an arrest for d...

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Folklorist Welsch ( Omaha Tribal Myths and Trickster Tales ), an adopted member of the Omaha tribe, here relates the saga of the Turtle Creek band of the fictional Nehawkas and their most sacred object: the Sky Bundle, a medicine pouch containing powerful talismans.

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