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Return of the Bones.

Garcia, Belinda Vasquez

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ISBN 10: 1475187424 / ISBN 13: 9781475187427
Published by Createspace, North Charleston, South Carolina, 2012
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230 Pages with Bibliography and Glossary. 2, 067 skeletons were stolen from the ghost pueblo of Pecos In 1915. For 84 years the Pecos bones helped mankind in medical studies. Grandfather reveals as a boy that he he had run after the trucks carrying the bones, skulls hanging out of windows, bones rattling in fear, until he stumbled and fell with his ear to the ground, listening to the rumble of tires carrying the bones far away. He begs his granddaughter to drive him to Boston, for he hears the bones crying, longing for home. She could care less about old bones. She hates the haunted family ruins, a place of the Spanish Inquisition, church torchings, blood spillings, ghosts, witches, and poisonings. In a ratty, pickup-camper the cantankerous old man and his granddaughter bicker along the miles, from New Mexico to Boston to claim the bones. Grandfather is a powerful shaman and he fashions a magical dream catcher, so she might see the past of her ancestors, and come to love the bones as he does. Along the way of a moving road trip, she ventures on a spiritual journey, in a Native American Roots fashion, and truly comes to embrace the ties that bind a familys past and present. Size: 6" x 9". Bookseller Inventory # 14868

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Title: Return of the Bones.

Publisher: Createspace, North Charleston, South Carolina

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

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First Place Winner Historical Fiction - Arizona / New Mexico Book Awards!

In 1915 at the age of thirteen, Grandfather witnessed the theft of 2,067 family skeletons stolen from the Pecos Pueblo. He had run after the trucks transporting the bones, their skulls hanging out of windows and eye sockets hollow, until he stumbled and fell with his ear to the ground, listening to the rumble of tires carrying his ancestors far away from their resting place. Grandfather lay on the dirt clutching a diary belonging to the thief in hopes that one day he might use the book as a clue to finding the remains of his missing family. If only the old man could read. He kept the secret of the stolen bones for 84 years because he feared the men who took the skeletons might come for him, too. He begs his granddaughter to help him bring home the bones for reburial at the wreckage of their family pueblo, for he hears the skeletons crying, longing for home.

Hollow-Woman and Grandfather are the last of the Pecos people, but she wants nothing to do with the ghost pueblo of Pecos, a place which gives her the creeps. The family ruins is haunted by the Spanish Inquisition, church burnings, beheadings, blood spilling, ghosts, witches, and poisonings. Now Grandfather, an ancient ruin himself with one fist in a Pecos grave and the other in a bottle of wine, pleads with her to help him find the stolen bones of their ancestors, skeletons centuries old who should have turned to dust ages ago.

Hollow-Woman doesn't care about ancient bones. She works at a Native American casino and is of the modern ways, but she reluctantly agrees to drive the old buzzard cross country on his quest to bring back the missing skeletons to the rubble of their family pueblo so they might join the other ancestral bones who Grandfather claims haven't had a night of peace since the others were ripped from their graves by the thief whose motives are hidden in his diary.

Grandfather is a powerful shaman who believes his granddaughter does not appreciate family. He fashions a magical dream catcher that sometimes hurls Hollow-Woman into the past to experience the lives of her ancestors, some six centuries of sorrows, triumphs, and the dark side of religious fanaticism.

In their odyssey to find their missing family, they discover what the Pecos skeletons have been up to for eight decades since being held captive, and how important the desecration of the Pecos graves is to America and to mankind. Most importantly, she embarks on a spiritual journey and truly comes to appreciate the ties that bind a family's past and present.

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Return of the Bones, in manuscript form, was a finalist in the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards.
I was doing historical research on the New Mexico Pueblos' Legend of Montezuma for my series entitled Land of Enchantment Trilogy, when I stumbled upon the story about the Pecos skeletons in the Harvard Gazette. I was so moved by their ordeal, that Return of the Bones is the result.
Did you know these skeletons were used in the  Landmark Osteoporosis Studies that proved exercise strengthens bones? The desecration of their graves was, also, the beginning of American Archaeology.

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