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People of the Sea

North America's Forgotten Past

Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

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The glaciers of the Sierra Nevada are melting, destroying the habitat of the mastodons, creating the rich land that will become California. The coastal people struggle to understand the changing world around them: their seer Sunchaser has lost his way to the Spirit World, and mammoths continue to disappear.

When a beautiful woman arrives, fleeing from her abusive husband, the people know what they must do--for if the Spirits are already taking the animals away, what will happen if they shelter a stranger?

Now Sunchaser must make a choice--between the woman he loves and the preservation of his people's world.
The glaciers of the Sierra Nevada are melting, destroying the habitat of the mastodons, creating the rich land that will become California. The coastal people struggle to understand the changing world around them: their seer Sunchaser has lost his way to the Spirit World, and mammoths continue to disappear.

When a beautiful woman arrives, fleeing from her abusive husband, the people know what they must do--for if the Spirits are already taking the animals away, what will happen if they shelter a stranger?

Now Sunchaser must make a choice--between the woman he loves and the preservation of his people's world.

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People of the Sea
The SearchAlone she came To beg for pardon, Emptying her breath Into cracks on the desert floor. 
She listened for hours To the Cheshire sage That evaded her questions. 
She stood tall by the cactus Demanding the afternoon sun But couldn't get warm. 
She called up to Raven, Tiny onyx set deep in blue, And his gaze fell beyond her. 
She cried for the loss of her art Tore red welts at her throat But nothing came. 
The skull of the coyote, Bleached hollow white, Warned her against The sound of her sobbing But she couldn't hear. 
Until
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"A rousing tale of deadly pursuit and spiritual journeys." --Kirkus Reviews

"A vivid and fascinating portrait of early human life in America." --Publishers Weekly
"A rousing tale of deadly pursuit and spiritual journeys." --Kirkus Reviews

"A vivid and fascinating portrait of early human life in America." --Publishers Weekly

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  • Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael 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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