The Peace Chief

A Novel of the Real People

Robert J. Conley

St. Martin's Press

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It is the early days of the European expansion into America, and a young Cherokee must be reborn in order to lead his people through this difficult time.

A sweeping novel of the sixteenth-century Cherokee, The Peace Chief is the story of Young Puppy, a young man who, during a fight with the enemy Ofos tribe, mistakenly kills his best friend, Asquani. That it happened by mistake makes no difference. Young Puppy, as a member of the Long Hair Clan, has killed a member of the Wolf Clan and now things are out of balance between the clans. The usual solution is for a Wolf to kill Young Puppy. But he has fled to Kituwah, a Mother town, wherein no one may be killed. If he should leave, he would be killed, but if remains within its borders until the new year, is offense will be forgotten.

Thus begins the journey of Young Puppy-a man who is spiritually reborn as "Comes Back to Life" and comes to lead his people as a ceremonial leader, the Peace Chief. During a time of uneasy relations with the French, and incursion for the Spanish, and trouble with the Senika (Seneca), Comes Back to Life must guide his people along a difficult path. The Peace Chief is a powerful evocation of a time and of a people.

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  PART ONEThe New Life1Young Puppy of the town of Stikoyi of Ani-yun-wiya, the Real People, had killed another Real Person. That was just about the worst thing a Real Person could possibly do. A member of Ani-Gilahi, the Long Hair Clan, he had killed a man of Ani-Waya, the Wolf Clan. The victim, Asquani, or Spaniard, had been an adopted Wolf, and he had been a good friend to Young Puppy. The killing had been done by accident, or by mistake. Young Puppy, thinking that he alone was fighting several enemy Ofos, had turned and struck when he sensed that someone had come up behind him.

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"Robert J. Conley is in the ranks of N.Scott Momaday, Louise Erdich, James Welch, and W.P. Kinsella as an interpreter of many facets of the Native American experience." --Joseph C. Porter, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Robert J. Conley's Mountain Windsong deserves to become an American classic. Conley takes the grim facts of our 'Manifest Destiny' and makes them come alive in a novel that is beautiful and heartwarming as well as tragic." --Tony Hillerman

"As the tragic tale unfolds, the novel acquires power and resonance and the reader cannot fail to be moved by Conley's insights into Cherokee history and culture." --Publishers Weekly on Mountain Windsong

"An unforgettable adventure of love, death, and nature that entices you with each page." --Max Evans, author of The Rounders, on War Woman

"The Cherokee Nation was never more vividly brought to life than in this outstanding novel." --Jory Sherman author of The South Platte, on Nickajack

"Conley has shaped a touching powerful vision of Indian life past and present, of abiding love, and and of a national disgrace." --Kirkus Reviews on Mountain Windsong

"A gripping, convincingly imagined historical...War Woman's life is told with page-turning verve, as Conley uses his extensive historical knowledge of Cherokee life and culture to spin a lively, informed piece of speculative history." --Publishers Weekly on War Woman

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Robert J. Conley

Robert J. Conley is the author of more than twenty novels, most recently War Woman (St. Martin's Griffin, 1998), as well as numerous stories and poems. A three-time winner of the Spur Award, Conley is Cherokee and lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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The Peace Chief
A Novel of the Real People
Robert J. Conley

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St. Martin's Press
April 2010
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ISBN: 9780312246167
ISBN10: 0312246161
336 pages
$7.99
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