This is a story of a People--the Schi'tsu'umsh Indians, known today as the Coeur d'Alene Tribe in Northern Idaho. The story spans several generations of a Schi'tsu'umsh family, starting in the early 1700s, before the tribe's widespread contact with European settlers. Set amidst the tribe's originally claimed territory, which spans present day Northern Idaho, Eastern Washington and Western Montana, the novel recounts a time when the tribe was governed by laws based exclusively on traditional teachings and the rules of nature.
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Amotken arrow asked beautiful Berry Woman Bless blue spruce brother buckskin buffalo camp ceremony Checheya Circling Raven Coeur d'Alene Tribe Creator cried dance daughter David Matheson deep Deer Hooves eagle elders enemy family band feel felt fight fire friends gathered grandson grizzly grizzly bear hair hands happy head heart herd Hey-yah holy horse huckleberry hunt hurt husband killed knew Kolunsuten laughed live looked medicine mind moccasins Mother Earth mountains mourning moved nature never night Noona Owww Peepa prayed prayer protect Rainbow Girl ride riders rocks rode sacred sang Schi'tsu'umsh Sila smiled song spirit Star started stayed Sun Bear Sun Boy sweat lodge talk teachings teepee tell Thank things thought thunder told took tribe turned Uncle Center Feather waited walked warriors wife women yelled Yellow Flower young