Spirit Mound: A Novel of Ancient Ireland

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PublishAmerica, Apr 1, 2005 - Fiction - 202 pages
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Spirit Mound is a novel that focuses on the building of Newgrange burial mound 5,000 years ago in periglacial Ireland when ancient tribes gathered in the Boyne River Valley to form a communal alliance consisting of the wheat tribe, the heron tribe and the wolf tribe, who were farmers, fishers and hunters. Oonah, chief of the wolf tribe, receives visions to build a spirit connector in which ashes of the deceased were to be placed in an inner chamber. There, during each winter solstice, the sun's rays would energize the spirits to come forth and communicate with the living up to our own time. Three generations of tribesmen completed the construction of Newgrange, or Bru Na Boinne. Oonah, his son and grandson all communicate with much later humans, including a Roman centurion and later an American Indian visitor, each on a quest for spiritual unity.

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Richard F. Fleck's first published work, "Palms, Peaks and Prairies", was published in 1967 when he was a young professor of English at the University of Wyoming. After twenty-five years (1965-1990) of teaching literature on the high plains of Wyoming and publishing numerous books including "Henry Thoreau and John Muir Among the Indians" and "Critical Perspectives on Native American Literature" and introductions to trade paperback editions of Thoreau and Muir, he and his wife Maura moved to Denver where he became a college dean on the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado until his retirement. During this period of time (1990-2001) he published "A Colorado River Reader" (2000) and in retirement wrote and published a collection of his mountaineering essays "Breaking Through the Clouds" (2005); a new and expanded edition of this book entitled "Desert Rims to Mountains High", WestWinds Press/The Pruett Series. His new mountaineering, biographical and literary essays as well as his poetry and short fiction can be seen online at www.hubpages.com/juneaukid (which is now a featured hub). Fleck is a contributor to the Kindle Book, Funny Travel Stories, 2012 and is also author of a brand new Kindle Book, Canada and Beyond: Poems of Other Lands. He is married with 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

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