It is the late 1800s, and a shameful time in American history. The US Government has mandated native tribes send their young people to Indian schools where they are stripped of their native heritage by people they think of as The Others.
Otter and Sun Song are members of The Tribe, and betrothed to be married when they turn 18. But when they are sent east to school, Otter, renamed Gideon, tries to adapt, while Sun Song does not, resulting in brutal attacks from the school headmaster. Gideon, thinking Sun Song has spurned him, turns for comfort to Wendy Thatcher, the daughter of a wealthy school patron, beginning a forbidden affair of the heart.
But the Spirits have different plans for Gideon and Sun Song. “You are both child and mother of The Original People”, Sun Song is told. “When it is right, you will be safe once more.” What follows is a harrowing journey through time and the Five Worlds of the Desert Southwest tribes.
Author Smoky Zeidel has lovingly and beautifully captured what none of us will ever understand. The Native American people in the late 1800's were treated so badly by the white people. What they thought was a good thing, was the most horrible and detrimental thing they could ever do to the tribes of the people who lived on this land. I have native American blood running in my veins.
My Native American heritage goes back several generations, but it is there. It just so happens that I am in college right now. I am currently taking a World Mythology class. We are discussing creation stories. We just recently touched on the Native American stories. I was so enthralled by the Five worlds. The Spider Woman was so different than so many other cultures. I happen to absolutely love spiders, so this really meant a lot to me. When I came across author Smoky Zeidel and her book "The Storyteller's Bracelet", I had to "read" it on audible. I am so glad I did. I love how the author retold this creation story and included the Native ways as she did. I feel she did it a lot of justice. My thanks to her and the beautiful story. If you are not familiar with this history, I urge you to listen.
Thank you Smoky!!!