|About the Book|
River-Songs father, Chief Sits-and-Thinks, is growing old and sick, but he trusts in her to lead their people. Her best friend has become her rival as they compete to marry the big chiefs son. But as River-Song proves herself to him, she begins to see he isnt the man she thought. Then she must use her gift of words when a wandering band of braves seek a new home with them. They speak her mothers language so she can understand them. River-Song feels pulled to their leader but confused about her place in the tribe. Can this young girl hold her tribe together as the new braves join them, and again when hostile warriors attack their valley?Come visit the River People in the Pacific Northwest before fur traders or missionaries arrived. River-Song lives in a valley of meandering streams that give them salmon and trout to eat. Oak trees abound in the valley, and a forest of cedar and fir surround them, making a canopy and giving them planks for their long houses, canoes, and totem poles.An excerpt from this novel placed in the 78th Annual Writers Digest Writing Competition, as a short story titled Salmon and Summer Games: A Way of Life.The Klamath Falls Herald and News says, A nicely told tale that discusses American Indians from a different perspective.