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Aurora Crossing: A Novel of the Nez Perces
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n ancient creation tales of Indian tribes of the American Northwest, nasawaylu, Old Man Coyote, was the spirit who finished the world started by the Supreme Being. A master of animals, holy person, and trickster, nasawaylu sometimes bestowed special gifts on an Indian youth seeking a guardian spirit. But in the 1870s young Nez Perce John Seton struggles to determine whether Coyote’s message is a gift or a trick. Reared first in an Anglo township in north central Idaho, then on the reservation, and finally on the Salmon River with the free-roving Lamtama band, Seton has always followed the fortunes of his mother. After her death he chooses to stay in the camp of old Hemene, a respected Lamtama leader. Still a novice in all three of the sharply contrasting worlds he has known, Seton is drawn irresistibly and irreversibly into the Nez Perce War of 1877. His quest to find a place in the clash of cultures is a magical saga, a search for meaning in the fabled Trickster’s message. The events to which Seton is an eyewitnesssuch as the Nez Perce march of 1877are recorded in history, masterfully woven here by Karl Schlesier into a fabric of compelling fiction and human drama.
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"The Nez Percé War of 1877 draws young John Seton, whose upbringing and ancestry cast him as an outsider in sharply contrasting worlds. His quest to find identity and place in the clash of cultures propels him on the historical 1200-mile Nez Percé march toward a last refuge in Canada"--Provided by publisher.
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