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People of the Earth

North America's Forgotten Past

W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Tor Books

A sweeping epic of prehistory, People of the Earth brings the true story of the ancestors of today's Native American peoples to life in an unforgettable saga of hardship and passion, of a woman torn between two peoples and two dreams, of the two men who love her and the third who must have her, and of the vision given to the peoples long ago by the spirit of the wolf.
 
Once again, bestselling authors and archaeologists W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear bring North America's forgotten past vividly to life.

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People of the Earth
Chapter 1Such a terrible winter.White Ash leaned forward, face pinching as cramped and knotted muscles strained in her back. She peered across the fire at the pile of hides covering Bright Moon's body. The draft that sneaked in around the lodge skirts created patterns in the thick bed of glowing red coals and cast a ruby light over the inside of the lodge. She could see Bright Moon's face; her mother finally slept.My mother? Curious. I can hardly remember my life before Sage Ghost stole me from the Three Forks camp. I belong here, among the White Clay people, now. Owlclover
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"An impressive novel, obviously written with love and care. Informative, but highly entertaining." --John Jakes

"Magnificent; a smooth blend of superb archaeology and wonderful story!" --Andrew M. Greeley

"A novel of suspense as well as a book to give you joy--and goosebumps....Knowledge illuminates even the smallest background detail yet never gets in the way of a great adventure tale, throbbing with life and death....

"The Gears show us an entire people shaped by spiritual values and thoroughly developed belief system. For this reason, as well as the fascination of their irresistible cast of characters, People of the Earth is the most convincing reconstruction of prehistory I have yet read.

"I shall read it again. It is a book to enjoy more than once." --Morgan Llywelyn

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

  • 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.
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    W. Michael Gear
  • Kathleen O'Neal Gear Jeff Corney
    Kathleen O'Neal Gear
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People of the Earth

North America's Forgotten Past

W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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