Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 544 pages, 6.8 × 4.3 × 1.38 in
Published: May 15, 1993
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0812507436
ISBN - 13: 9780812507430
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People of the River Introduction "H ell, I don''t know," old man Mac Jameson grumbled as he steered the John Deere tractor onto the dirt road that led through the center of his barley field. The warm breeze fanned the stalks until they waved like a blanket of gold. Illinois was mighty pretty at this time of year, but hot. Hotter than Hades today. Sweat had matted his faded red shirt and well-worn jeans to his arms and legs. At the age of seventy-five, he still had a whip-thin body, though his muscles had mostly evaporated over the years. He wiped the back of a dusty hand over his sweating forehead to push the wisps of gray hair back from his deep-set brown eyes."Bunch of goddamn government people called me up to talk about something they call a National Register of Historic Places district. That don''t mean nothing to me. Does it mean something to you? You''re the one who''s always going out hunting arrowheads and posts." He twisted around to peer at his son-in-law. Jimmy clung to the seat of the tractor as it bounced over thedeeply rutted road. About forty, he had a face like a Pekingese, squashed and ugly, with a mop of red hair that hung over his ears. He cocked his head. "No, I ain''t never heard of no National Register, but if it''s historic sites they''re after, they must be coming to see that mound you got at the southeastern corner of the farm." "What for?" Mac demanded, irritated. He didn''t have time for any government bullshit. The harvesters would be coming in ton
From the Publisher
People of the River is a gripping new saga of pre-historic America that takes us to the Mississippi Valley and the tribe known as the Mound builders. It is a time of troubles. In Cahokia, the corn crop is failing again and a warchief—and the warrior woman he may never possess—are disgusted by their Chief''s lust for tribute. Now even the gods have turned their faces, closing the underworld to the seers. If the gods have abandoned the people, there is no hope—unless it comes in the form of a young girl who is learning to Dream of Power.
A masterful story of the North America''s Forgotten Past by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O''Neal Gear, the bestselling authors of People of the Earth.
About the Author
Kathleen O''Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government''s Special Achievement Award for ""outstanding management"" of our nation''s cultural heritage.
W. Michael Gear holds a master''s degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.
Together they have written the North America’s Forgotten Past series (People of the Longhouse, The Dawn Country, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.
From Our Editors
All the Gears' previous titles in the First North American series have been national bestsellers. Now, People of the River is finally available in mass-market. This gripping saga tells of the Mound Builders of the Mississippi Valley. In a time of many troubles, a warchief and his people have lost all hope. But hope is revived with a young girl learning to Dream of Power
"A story we can''t afford to ignore."--The Washington Post
"Absorbing...Fact-paced and engrossing, [with a] ring of authenticity as well."--Publishers Weekly
"A tightly woven tale...[with] authentic Native American history."--ALA Booklist