"The cry of "Gold!" in the hills of California sounded a death knell for the Native American tribes that considered the area their sacred home. Set at the height of the California gold rush, this novel of the Old West traces the demise of the Yosemite tribe. After disease nearly extinguished the tribe, the Yosemite people returned to their homeland, only to become victims of the greed that characterized the gold rush in the second half of the nineteenth century. The story of the Yosemite is shown via the exploits of a group of entrepreneurs planning to open a trading post to service both the miners and the natives. The leader of the endeavor is Jim Wallace, a ruthless trader with a twinge of conscience. He cheats the Indians out of their gold, but has an obvious affection for their ways and doesn't intend to be the catalyst of their destruction. Yet, once the Yosemite declare war on all white men due to Wallace's business practices, history races forward. Belanger creates a sense of what life on the frontier was like through obvious research and an extensive understanding of the natural terrain. . . Savage Mountain provides personal depth to the plight of the Native American tribes during the fateful era when they lost their lands forever to the white man. Whether the prospectors intended to or not, they had a devastating effect on the Yosemite. The search of gold yielded a loss of something much more precious. . . A very good book." ? ForeWord
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A sweeping tale of California’s post-Gold Rush days Savage Mountain is a brilliant and haunting novel, a jewel of Western fiction set in California’s Yosemite and Mono highlands. We follow Jim Wallace, his business acumen unrivalled this side of the Rockies. Jim has had it good lately, finding gold in ancient riverbeds and in the mouths of dead men. But when he double-crosses a Yosemite Indian Chief named Tenaya, this sets off an uncontrollable chain of events that can only lead to tragedy. Will Jim be able to save the last of the Yosemite? In this sweeping tale of California’s post-Gold Rush days, Sean Belanger (author of Modoc Sundance) casts a keen eye on the often harsh realities of the American West. Scrupulously researched and peerless insights on the people of the Yosemite, the story of Jim’s trek is as good as a movie ŕ la Peckinpah, packed with vivid portraits, magnificent vistas, mountain chases, heart stopping cliff-hangers, and epic confrontations with nature at its wildest.About the Author:
Sean Belanger, a former mountaineer and professor of Management, has jumped out of airplanes at 15,000 feet, trekked to Mt. McKinley and engaged in deep caving on four continents. He remains a motivational speaker and is working on his third book, My Place in the Sun.
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Book Description USA Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1592090028
Book Description USA Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1592090028