“…everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission…”
~Mourning Dove, Salish, 1888-1936~
All people throughout history have struggled to understand the root cause of disease. Attributions included angering the gods or falling foul of evil magic. Bad spirits could bring illness or death. Native American tribes are not alone in once holding such beliefs. Ancient Egyptians wore charms to ward off evil magic. Ancient Greeks made offerings to their gods at temples erected for that purpose. In the Middle Ages physicians were less important that holy relics in healing the afflicted by prayer and pilgrimage.
Native Americans relied on prayer and spiritual leaders to heal. But they also had a vast knowledge of medicinal herbs and roots. Some medicinal plants were traded over long distances. Many native peoples believed that spirits, ghosts and witches could cause illness. I spent time researching how a Native Americans of this period would determine if an illness was caused by ghosts, spirits or a witch. I admit I borrowed from some of the southwestern tribes as I stitched together my world. The term ‘Moth Madness’ was Navajo, for example because I could find nothing on epilepsy in historic record or reference from my research of the Plains Indians.
I sympathized with my hero and heroines struggle to understand what was causing Night Storm’s falling episodes. I had decided that his illness would be a form of ongoing seizures, similar to epilepsy, based on the head injury he suffered in battle. As the injury heals, his symptoms abate. But I just could not resist adding a slight supernatural element in the form of his visions. I feared that my editor would request that I removed this part and I almost did not write it, but I try not to edit myself until after I have heard the input of my editor. If I had, then Night Storm would never have had his prophetic dreams.
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THE WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE
What a joy to create two sequential stories that include Native American heroes and heroes from the Sioux and Crow people. Thank you to all who reviewed by last story, RUNNING WOLF, and who wrote to tell me how much you enjoyed hearing the story of my warrior woman.
This tale is of a woman who wants to be a great healer like her grandmother and a man who wants only to regain what he has lost, his ability to fight for his people. For anyone as anyone who has ever suffered a life altering injury or accident knows, it is sometimes impossible to return to the life one lead. This is the story of a warriors struggle to become what he once was and the healer who believes he can be so much more. As you already suspected, the ride will be rough, the stakes high and the outcome uncertain.
In this story, I have blended real medical issues with the mysticism of the Plains Indian tribes in the 1800s. I hope readers will indulge my blending of science and mysticism and enjoy the adventure of Night Storm and Skylark.
To help you keep time with the Crow people, I added a moon calendar in the back of this story. Each tribe called the moons by different names so this is my interpretation of appropriate names the moons in each season.
I hope you’ll let me know how you like this new release.
The Warrior’s Captive Bride
His wife for two moons…?
Plagued by a mysterious sickness, Crow warrior Night Storm captures the witch he believes cursed him. But his anticipated revenge dissolves when he realizes that beautiful Skylark might be the only one who can provide a cure…
Skylark agrees to pose as Night Storm’s wife so she can find a way to heal him. But when an unexpected desire flares, Sky’s mission changes and she’ll do everything in her power to find a way to make their arrangement last a lifetime!
The WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE