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A well established and popular writer, Darcy Butler has been researching her family genealogy. There is one final tie that she cannot seem to find. Her search has led her to the Crow Indians. She has been in contact with Lilly who invites her to the reservation. Lilly informs her of an elderly man who lives on the land of their fathers. He claims to have the connection that Darcy needs to complete the link. His name is Tiponi. He has established that he will not leave this life until he has told his story to the great storyteller as prophesied by his ancestors. Darcy obtains more than she anticipated once she meets this man of wisdom. She is taken on a spiritual as well as mystical journey. Darcy will learn of a beautiful and forgotten culture. She will experience a life once lived by a warrior and an aristocratic woman through the eyes of this misunderstood but envisaged narrator. Through Tiponi, Darcy will witness a story of love and dedication in the purest form. She will meet the spirits of the past who were able to evolve from their own cultures and prejudices for a higher cause. She in turn must face some of her own limitations which have kept her from having the love she desires.
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From as far back as I can remember growing up my grandmother proudly told me of our linage to the Native Americans. While the details are sketchy and my personal research has not unlocked the keys to my ancestry, the desire to know my heritage is very strong. Several years ago I began to study the culture of our Native people. For as long as I can remember there was something very tender and enigmatic about a people who knew and respected the earth in a way that history now holds sacred in her keeping. The further I researched, the more captivated I became. The way of life of the indigenous people inspired me. I felt compelled to share a story of love in the purest of all forms, without human boundaries. It is a story of devotion that does not question logic. It is a story of love that conquers all prejudice and misconception. It is tale of commitment that clearly illustrates the true spirit of unconditional love. It is what is in the heart that really matters the most. It is what is in the soul that truly lives on.Review:
Looking for a good and interesting read? I happened upon a book called The Spirits of Nature that is just that. Well written and researched, the book by Michelle Post covers a story about Native Americans; or, more accurately, the interaction of Native Americans and white people and culture during the later part of the Old West era. The book is written in two main time frames; a modern day setting on the present Crow Indian Reservation and a story being told to a writer set in the late 1800s. But the story is well blended without being confusing. The story is something of a love story, in fact several love stories, which would normally be just cause for me to pass it up without a second look. That and the fact that it weaves together the many stories-within-the-story is just not something I am normally interested in. But, as something of a history buff, the opening few pages, beginning with the Prologue, drew me right in. To me that is impressive, considering my personal favorites are direct historical writings and action type works of fiction. The story begins when the modern day writer, searching for link to her own past, travels to the Crow Reservation to research a possible book, as well as her own past. There she finds much more than she expected when she spends several days on the Reservation interviewing a man called Tiponi. Through Tiponi we get the story of Rebecca Butler and Running Wolf. Tiponi relates the story from the birth of these two main characters and follows it in a rapid fashion through their growing up and to their meeting Actually the book follows the lives of several people. Besides the lives of Running Wolf and Rebecca, there are also the lives of Rebecca's and Running Wolf's families. The story gives the reader looks at many incidents in all the lives within the story and, eventually, winds its way to bringing them all together in the end. There are many incidents in the story; from the close call of children in the Indian village to the sorrow and loss of a young child on a wagon train; from loves lost to true love found. The book follows the triumphs and tragedy of life in a time now past, but certainly not forgotten. Michelle Post, in her opening acknowledgement explains the intent for the book. She has also set up half of the profits from the book to go to Crow Indian Tribe. I suggest making the attempt to get this book. No matter what you generally read, I think most people will really enjoy reading this one. Michelle Post is also preparing a sequel called Kindred Spirits and is working on a movie manuscript. By PAUL OVERLIE Wednesday, April 11, 2007 --Libery County Times
Hi Michelle, I started reading The Spirits of Nature last Friday and read seventy pages before going to sleep because I got a late start and it was 1:00 am and I had to work in my practice the next day. I almost stayed up and finished your book anyway. On Saturday morning I got up at 7:30am and started reading and did not put it down until I finished it which was around 3:00pm. I have read to many books to count in the last three or four years as I am very much into Health and Spiritual Growth and Development. However, I can not remember racing through any book in years. I just could not put it down. I don't normally read novels and have read few in the last three or four years. Your book opened me up to the Indians in a way I had missed some how with the rest the world. Most Americans don't really know or understand the real truth about our important ancestors the first Americans! Who were very evolved and spiritually aware people. And I know this now because of your great book! Your story had it all and much more than I ever thought possible. There is wisdom, spirituality, love, romance, adventure and above all a truly great story that clears up many misconceptions I had programmed into me about North American Indians. The North American Indians were truly like lambs on the inside and were only like the Lion on the outside when they truly had to be. It made me realize more than ever that You are I and I am You and that we are all truly one! And that unconditional love is what we all should be putting out and receiving and the rest is not important. Your book is truly a great book that made me cry when I needed to cry and truly opened and touched my heart! I would recommend this book to anyone as a must read if you truly want to open up to a deeper spiritual connection through your heart. After reading your book I now feel have a strong intuitive need to learn more about the Crow Indians. Please do not hesitate to let me know when the sequel is available. Heart-to-Heart, --Dr. George Taussig
MONTANA - A new fiction book about the Crow tribe is also helping educate its members.The Spirits of Nature is a fiction novel about one woman's research into her family history. As the drama unfolds, she finds out more about her native culture past and how it affects her today. Writer Michelle Post did much of her research for the book in Crow Agency. I looked into a lot more of their culture, and I became more interested in what they stood for and the things that they believed in, Post said. Post is donating half of the proceeds to Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency. The money is being used for scholarships. Students who come here tend to struggle financially. They still have to provide for themselves. And any time they can have extra funds, keeping them in class, is a big area. And with these finances, it helps them to do that, Little Big Horn College President Dr. David Yarlott said. Yarlott helped with the book. Post sent the book and movie manuscript to him to make sure it accurately portrays the Crow culture then and now. Many of our students try to make adjustments. Because our beliefs and values are different from mainstream society, and we have to try to make those adjustments, and some of that is portrayed in the book itself, Yarlott said. Post says she's happy to donate to the tribe that holds a special place in her heart. I just like their culture. I think they're one of the smaller tribes. And they're really trying to do as much as they can with their land. And I like the college, because they realize that education is really important, Post said. --KULR-channel 8-Montana
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