This is te place where clouds are born and I am floating.
I can hardly breathe and soon there is a drum, the younger men drumming, and I stand up with the women and I am awkward and Janie Soto takes the panther skin off her lap and comes over and hands me a fan made with beautiful white feathers so pure, so clean I know it has just been made, and she says, "Dance with this," and I dance and as the wind stirs in the trees, someone sings the song that says the world will go on living.
In this coming-of-age story, a 16-year-old Native American girl named Omishito (a Tiaga name meaning One Who Watches) inadvertently witnesses the hunting and killing of her clan's sacred animal, the Florida panther. What makes this especially troubling and complicated for Omishito is that her beloved spiritual mentor, Ama, is the panther's murderer. At first, Omishito cannot fathom why Ama, a tribal elder who still practices the old powers, would commit this sacrilege and risk the wrath of her tribe and country. (Unlike the Tiaga tribe, the Florida panther is considered endangered and therefore federally protected.) Through seamless storytelling and expert scene building, Linda Hogan reveals the many-layered mysteries inherent in this novel (based on a true story) as well as the powerful forces that endanger Native Americans and the survival of their spirituality. --Gail Hudson
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In Florida, an Indian girl is torn between loyalty to her Westernized mother, advising her to reject the ways of her tribe, and an aunt who supports tradition. The conflict is played out in the course of a hunt for a tiger.