Naapiikoan Winter (Paperback)
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781532710568, 296pp.
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
List Price: 19.95*
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At the turn of a new century, changes unimagined are about to unfold. THE WOMAN: Kidnapped by the Apaches, a Mexican woman learns the healing arts. Stolen by the Utes, she is sold and traded until she ends up with the Piik ni. All she has left are her skills-and her honor. What price will she pay to ensure a lasting place among the People? THE MAN: Raised in a London charitable school, a young man at the end of the third of a seven year term of indenture to the Hudson's Bay Company is sent to the Rocky Mountains to live among the Piik ni for the winter to learn their language and to foster trade. He dreams of his advancement in the company, but he doesn't reckon the price for becoming entangled in the passions of the Piik ni. THE LAND: After centuries of conflict, N piikoan traders approach the Piik ni, powerful members of the Blackfoot Confederation. The Piik ni already have horses and weapons, but they are promised they will become rich if they agree to trap beaver for N piikoan. Will the People trade their beliefs for the White Man's bargains? Alethea Williams is the author of Willow Vale, the story of a Tyrolean immigrant's journey to America after WWI. Willow Vale won a 2012 Wyoming State Historical Society Publications Award. In her second novel, Walls for the Wind, a group of New York City immigrant orphans arrive in Hell on Wheels, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Walls for the Wind is a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rogers Medallion winner, and placed first at the Laramie Awards in the Prairie Fiction category. Partially based on the works of Canadian trader, explorer, and mapmaker David Thompson, N piikoan Winter spans a continent, examining the cultures in flux at the passing of an era and the painful birth of another.