Historical Characters

The following is an excerpt from Ghost Dance.

Goyahkla arrived from the southwest. Little was known of the Apache warrior. His legend here—the man who would come to be known as the worst Indian ever to have lived to white settlers—was still in its infancy. It was full-grown, however, in Mexico. Just a few years earlier his mother, his wife and children were slaughtered by Mexican soldiers. He had undertaken a very personal campaign of revenge. He attacked with such ferocity that his victims were heard crying out to Saint Jerome to spare their lives, “Jeronimo!” That plea so frequently associated with him, he became known as Geronimo.

He was a thick man, perhaps only 5 foot 7 inches tall. He looked other men in the eye, but he never smiled. His face appeared frozen in a menacing scowl. Accompanying him was a very small band of warriors, a rag-tag group that looked to have included boys in their teens. For much of the gathering he remained silent. He was quite a contrast from the other Apache warrior in attendance, the man the whites knew as Cochise.

Kuuchish was some twenty years older than Goyahkla but it wasn’t evident in his appearance. He stood closer to 6 foot tall and carried an absolutely chiseled frame. His raven black hair ran the length of his torso. He spoke often, and he spoke forcefully. He was very animated. Wild waving of his arms and terse facial expressions emphatically punctuated his phrases. He was furious with whites for their many lies—lies that had, in successive years, led to the hanging of his brother and the murder of his father-in-law, the respected Chief Mangas Coloradas.

He spoke in unadulterated vitriol. “When I was young I walked this country end to end. The Apache lived in peace. After many winters I walked again. I found a new people who speak many words but who speak out of both sides of their mouths. Their lies led to the death of many Apache. They have taken much from me. I will not sleep until I will make their losses greater than mine. I will bring the grave up to meet their lies! I will bring the sky down upon their heads!”

Ghost Dance – a HISTORICAL NATIVE AMERICAN / RELIGIOUS THRILLER (Fall 2012)

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Here’s a look at a draft of a Ghost Dance bumper.  Research and storyboarding continues!

Ghost Dance brings together the genres of Historical Native American Fiction & Religious Thriller.  It’s a work of historical fiction that spills across time–and into your life.   (Coming: Spring/Summer 2012)

Joseph Allen Wilson

Meet Joe.  Joseph Allen Wilson is a seventh generation descendant of Jack Wilson, otherwise known as Wovoka (b. 1856, d. 1932).  He is a successful business owner (an import/export business), and proud of his Paiute roots, participating in heritage events and employing and serving his people in Nevada.  Joseph is in his fifties, married but somewhat estranged from his family.  For the last couple of years he’s been having strange dreams and visions and his family is losing patience with his efforts to understand their meaning and embrace his destiny—right down to growing his hair out.  His wife and kids think he’s losing it.  He’s wondering if they’re right.  Maybe he is. 

He’s read research articles published by a woman named Arianna Poole concerning the Ghost Dance.  He’s reached out to her in hopes that she can help him sort out his confusion.

Joseph’s father and grandfather passed to him the story of the seven-generations war and alerted him to his place in fulfilling the prophecy.  He was skeptical—’the fanciful tales of old men,’ he thought.  He put it all out of his mind for many years.  Of late, these dreams and visions have seemed to recall parts of their stories, and he’s had meetings in these dreams and visions with the dead, come back to life.  They’ve told him to reassemble the Ghost Dance principals in his—the seventh—generation, for it is time for the prophecy to be fulfilled.

White historians have written of Wovoka and the Ghost Dance.  They didn’t have a clue. 

Ghost Dance brings together the genres of Historical Native American Fiction & Religious Thriller.  It’s a work of historical fiction that spills across time–and into your life.   (Coming: Spring/Summer 2012)

Ghost Dance

The Ghost Dance was a religious phenomenon that swept through Indian tribes across the American West in the late 1800s. It touched off what historians have deemed the “Messiah Craze” and led to Pine Ridge Agent Daniel F. Royer’s frantic plea for government troops to bring an abrupt end to the Indian practice–which ultimately became the Wounded Knee Massacre.

That’s the part of the story you’ve heard. There’s so much more.

I’ve been reading and researching this segment of history for quite some time. It’s led me to the storyboard. The result is a work of historical fiction that spills across time into a present-day thriller.

I’ve had a novel idea (pun intended). I think that I will storyboard this creation right here on my website, before your very eyes. Stay tuned as I roll out historical quotes and tidbits that form the basis of my new story Ghost Dance.