Welcome to my blog today. I’ll be giving away a free ebook of PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN to some lucky blogger today, so please do leave a comment. That’s all you have to do to enter into the drawing. I must also add to please check back on the blog tomorrow. You need to check because the winners names that I draw are not contacted — the winner must contact me to claim the prize. So…check back tomorrow. Now, the reason I’m giving away a free copy of PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN is because that book, as well as THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR, are set on the Kansas prairie, a very beautiful place. Also, the Tradepaper version of the book, THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR is going to be released soon (in April) and so the book is on sale right now — Tradepaper and ebook at this link: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/4964/the-angel-and-the-warrior
Because this book is the first in a series that is set not only within historical times, but within the framework of Native American Mythology, I thought it might be fun to talk about some of the legends of Native America. And in particular, the legend of the Thunderer.
The Thunder Being (or sometimes referred to as the Thunder Bird or Thunder God or Thunderer) is one of the main characters in this latest series of my books. His anger has been stirred by acts of violence against himself and his children by a clan that is part of the Blackfoot Indians – The Lost Clan as they are called in these stories. Interestingly, the Thunder Being plays a dominant role in most Native American tribes — perhaps because when one is living so closely to nature, the Thunderer, who can produce so much damage, would be a subject of much legend. In this series of books, the Lost Clan has been relegated into the “mist” by the Creator, who intervened on the people’s behalf when the Thunderer was bent on destroying every single member of the clan. Imprisoned within that mist, each band within the Lost Clan is given a chance within every new generation to choose a boy to go out into the real world, who is charged with the task of undoing the curse, thus freeing his people from what would be an everlasting punishment (they are neither real, nor dead). But, not only must the boy be brave and intelligent (there are puzzles to solve within every book), he must also show kindness to the enemy.
Let’s have a look at the Thunderer and some of the different lore about this being. In Blackfeet lore, the Thunderer often steals women. He also will often take the image of a very large bird — his wings creating the thunder and his eyes shooting out the lightning. In Lakota lore, if one dreams about the Thunder god, he becomes a backwards person. He must do everything backwards. He washes in sand, become dirty in water, walks backwards, says exactly what he doesn’t mean, etc., etc. The dream is so powerful that it is thought that if one fails to do these things, he courts certain death. In THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR, the hero is desperate because he only has until his 30th birthday to undo the curse, and the hero of the story is 29, with only a few months left to accomplish what he must. Relying on visions and dreams, he is drawn toward a woman with hair the color of starlight. But he regards her and his growing feelings toward her, as little more than a distraction.
There is also a legend of the Thunder Being in the Iroquois Nation. In this legend, a young woman becomes the bride of the Thunderer and through him saves her village from a huge snake that burrows under her village, thus endangering the lives of everyone in her village. There is still another legend about the Thunderer which you can watch on the Movie called Dream Makers — well, I think that’s the name of the movie (if I am wrong about that name, please do correct me). In this legend, which is also an Eastern Indian tribe, a young woman marries the Thunderer and goes to live with him in the above world, only to be returned to her own world when she becomes pregnant with his child.
What is very, very interesting to me is how many and how vast are the lores of Native America. Though we often hear or even study the ancient lore of the Greeks, seldom do we read much our own lore — the mythology that belongs intimately with this land we call America — which by the way, to the Native Americans on the East Coast, America is known as Turtle Island. Fascinatingly, there is a story for almost every creature on this continent, from the crow to the sparrow to the coyote (the trickster), the wolf and bear. There are legends about the stars, the Big Dipper hosts legends about the Great Bear (Iroquois) and the Seven Brothers and their sister (Cheyenne and Blackfeet). There are still other stories about the Morning Star and the Evening Star and marriages between the Gods and mortals.
So what do you think? What do you think about the myths (do you think they are stories about a past time or do you think, like many scientists of our day, that they are the works of imagination). Or are they stories to teach us more about ourselves and the world in which we live?
So that’s all for today. Don’t miss your chance to get the Tradepaper copy of THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR while it is still on sale. On April 7th, its release date, it will revert (I believe) to the original price. Again, here’s the link: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/4964/the-angel-and-the-warrior.
I’d love to hear from you today!