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Title:
Blackfeet season
Author:
Munn, Vella.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 1999.
Physical Description:
383 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312867348
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Book

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A gripping novel of history and passion, telling of the battles between the Blackfeet and the Crow and of the young men and women who find love despite ancient hatreds.


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Booklist Review

??ROMANCE Before manifest destiny, White Calf dreams that whites will force her people, the Blackfoot, onto reservations. Her visions bring her much esteem among the tribe, and she is sought in marriage by all the unattached warriors. Raven's Cry wins this honor after he has a vision that leads to the capture of a large herd of horses. His shaman father then insists that he lead a war party to avenge his older brother's murder by the Cree. During the raid, Raven's Cry's younger brother, Night Thunder, captures Little Rain, a Cree woman. White Calf befriends her, and they learn that the two tribes are not so different after all. Meanwhile, the brothers have their own demons to fight because of their father's harsh treatment. He all but ignores Night Thunder's bravery in battle, and places too much emphasis on Raven's Cry's visions, errors in judgment that could lead to the tribe's destruction. Munn has created a poetic and mystical journey into Native American history. --Patty Engelmann


Publisher's Weekly Review

A chronicler of the history of Native Americans, Munn (Seminole Song) once again turns to their historic struggle for identity and survival in her new tale of love, courage and family bonds. In the early 1860s, life is precarious for the Blackfoot tribe on the Western plains. Many enemies surround them‘the Snakes, the Crow, the Cree and the ever-encroaching white invaders. In this hostile environment, Night Thunder comes of age, participating in his first Sun Dance and achieving warrior status while hunting horses that have been stolen by raiding Snakes. Also jostling for honor and rank is Raven's Cry, Night Thunder's older half-brother. Soon the two find themselves vying for the hand of White Calf, a clairvoyant woman so beautiful it will cost many horses to marry her. The rivalry intensifies and Raven's Cry ultimately succeeds in winning White Calf; Night Thunder finds love with Little Rain, a Cree captive taken in a raid against the Crow. But this happiness is threatened when Little Rain is taken prisoner yet again by the Snakes, and Night Thunder undertakes a desperate journey to find her. Munn details many intriguing aspects of Native American life, including buffalo hunts, practical marriage unions and an immutable code of honor. Articulating more interiority and character development than is sometimes found in this genre, while not sacrificing the requisite action, she sturdily constructs an unpredictable tale. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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