HUNTING SPIRIT ANIMALS

MYSTERY AND MAGICAL REALISM IN A NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY

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Pam Hicks

Forty years of educational experience teaching age five to eighty-five. Now I write fiction full time. What is it Cat Stevens sang? "I am poor, but I am happy!" It's not easy following my bliss, but it is now and forever more, worth it!

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HUNTING SPIRIT ANIMALS

SYNOPSIS

With timely issues relatable to teens and prescient to adults, Hunting Spirit Animals, travels the rez road in a believable, relatable way, even if the tribe is purely fictional. For though Yacolt, Washington is a real Pacific Northwest location, the Yacolt Tribe is not. It is a mythical, contemporary river tribe based upon what the author, Pamela Hicks, learned while teaching writing for ten years within three tribal high schools.

Based on Pam's authentic experiences, Hunting Spirit Animals utilizes First People mythology, customs, and tradition unique to Pacific Northwest tribal communities to target an audience of young adults, older mystery buffs, magic realism readers and anyone interested in diversity issues.

CULTURE

Enter the world of First People where heritage means more than blood quota and is crucial to the survival of a unique culture. Where the future of a people and way of life depends upon rebellious, disenfranchised young people. Here family ties are strong and acceptance of outsiders not always championed. Diversity issues abound as a Native People struggle with white rule and dominance as power shifts when a successful casino allows for a stronger sovereign rule.

MYSTERY

A murder occurs and no one admits they know the victim, even though she danced at last night's Pow Wow. Everyone does admit the young woman dressed in goth Regalia was wrong to knock over one of the community's favorite dancers, as well as confront the tribe's Medicine Man, but is that motive for murder? Enter the school's white art teacher Zena O'Donnell and the often ridiculed teen aged con man, Treaty Raven. Together, they explore a murder no one seems to want to investigate. Together, they travel the rez road of sweat lodges, ceremonies and story telling to discover truths that may get them killed.

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