A New Beginning: The Smoke of One Thousand Lodge Fires
Publishing date September 19, 2020 Little Creek Publishing Co. All rights reserved
To My Readers,
Our Heroine, Topusana (Prairie Flower) awakens in a hidden cavern in the Texas Hill Country after having survived an attack by the Texas Rangers which brutally takes the life of her only daughter. During that battle Topusana is herself rescued from captivity by her husband Tabbananica (Voice of the Sun). The year is 1844. The Native American couple, along with a handful of survivors, escapes not into hiding, or a secret land, but into the “Dream Time.” Topusana, after seemingly sleeping in the hidden cavern only a few days, awakens to a world she has never seen or known. The year she awakens is 2020.
Her life goal and purpose is establishing a homeland for her surviving tribe. In 2020 Topusana will face the same enemy, the United States Government, that nearly brought about the demise of her people in 1844.
A beautiful story of survival and triumph unfolds as Topusana (Sana) adapts to the incredible obstacles to which she has awakened. She will move from the stone-age, into the modern world over a period of a few short months. With the help of a handful of characters whose lives are filled with integrity, grace, and kindness, a new world and time begin.
Narratives of actual events and battles are intertwined throughout the book. The historical record that is brought will transport readers into the fascinating history, and heartbreaking destruction of the Comanche Nation in Texas. (Think Dances with Wolves)
What is fresh and different about the work, is the creative mystic twist of what I call “The Dream Time.” Here is a powerful story of a Native American people possessing the faith, gifting, knowledge, or “Powerful Medicine,“ to transport Comanche survivors into a different time, thus enabling a decided alteration to our history. Will history repeat itself?
This is a story, an epic Native American Tale encompassing romance, mystery, suspense, tragedy, and the universal human struggle to simply survive. The story takes place within a modern western setting, (Think Yellowstone) providing a unique and entertaining read. The novel will in fact allow the reader to escape, the focal point I believe in our endeavor as storytellers.
Steven G. Hightower
Ruidoso, New Mexico
A Bit About Me
I am a storyteller. I have always been so. To this point in my life my children and grandchildren have been the beneficiaries of this gifting, as they have been lulled to sleep over the last four decades by my wayward imagination. It is a beautiful revelation to discover ones true gifting in life. My hope is that as you read, you are able to escape within the pages, and rejoice with me as we celebrate together the ancient gift of a good story, well told.
I am forever grateful to my wife Ellie for her unwavering support (and editing:)
Thank you my Love
"I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free, and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures, and where everything drew a free breath..."
Ten Bears; Comanche Chief
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Steven G. Hightower has been writing and telling stories since he was a young child. Perhaps it was inevitable that Steven would call grappling with words and language his new career—and begin to love every moment. Steven is privileged to share his work with a large and welcoming audience. Get in touch to discover more about his work, writing process and future projects.