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People of the Earth

People of the Earth

A Novel of North America's Forgotten Past

North America's Forgotten Past (Volume 3)

W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Tor Books



Mass Market Paperbound

Set five thousand years ago and ranging through what is now Montana, Wyoming, northern Colorado, and Utah, People of the Earth follows the migration of the Uto-Aztecan people south out of Canada. It is the unforgettable tale 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.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and award-winning archaeologists W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear bring the stories of these first North Americans to life in this and other volumes in the magnicent North America's Forgotten Past series.


People of the Earth

Chapter 1
Such 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....


Praise for People of the Earth

“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 Morning Star, People of the Songtrail, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.

W. Michael Gear

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Kathleen O'Neal Gear

W. Michael Gear

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