Storykeeper [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the 2013 Best Indie Book Award, Storykeeper is an epic adventure, set in the sixteenth-century and based on the historical Spanish journals from the expedition of Hernando de Soto through the southern regions of the United States. “A tender, poignant, powerful story” is richly told from the perspective of the ancient people of the Mississippi River Valley, by one who lived and survived America's ...

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Overview

Winner of the 2013 Best Indie Book Award, Storykeeper is an epic adventure, set in the sixteenth-century and based on the historical Spanish journals from the expedition of Hernando de Soto through the southern regions of the United States. “A tender, poignant, powerful story” is richly told from the perspective of the ancient people of the Mississippi River Valley, by one who lived and survived America's deadliest invasion.

 

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148200963
  • Publisher: Daniel Smith
  • Publication date: 4/3/2013
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 13,327
  • File size: 587 KB

Meet the Author

Daniel A. Smith is currently working on the second novel of his “Nine-Rivers Valley” series set in the 16th and 17th centuries a little-known but pivotal period of America’s earliest history. As a sound engineer Daniel traveled across all 48 continental states and five provinces of Canada, working behind the scenes to entertain, inform, and observe all manner of audiences, but he prefers to live, roam, and write in Arkansas with his life-long friend and wife.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Good Reading - I Really Enjoyed This Book

    In 1514 Hernando De Soto lead a Spanish army on an expedition through Arkansas. This historically accurate account of the impact on the local native Americans is anything but dry. The story is told told through three separate timelines. Taninto is a young indian living in Casqui, an indian village along the Mississippi river. He lived through the arrival of Hernando's army and followed it through its exploration for several years. The second timeline commences when Taninto discovers a young girl of 14 named Nanza. left for dead in a shallow grave when she developed small pox (a deadly disease brought by the Spanish for which the Indians had no immunity). The third timeline is an old woman, Manaha, who is the story teller. Manaha is actually retelling stories told to her by Taninto. A really interesting read that brings history to life and leaves you with a true feeling for the impact these explorers had on the lives of the native Americans. Enjoy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Highly recommended

    This book held my interest all the way through. I could hardly put it down and was late for two appointments because of it! I rarely read a book a second time, but this one I am saving and looking forward to a re-read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Good read

    A fairly different book and very enjoyable. I couldn't wait for each story to begin.

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

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    The Hachia people, one of the last surviving tribes of the anc



    The Hachia people, one of the last surviving tribes of the ancient nations of the Nine-Rivers, do not speak of the history, the disgrace, that took away their strength, leaving them weak and hiding, now, at the foothills in the Mountains of the Ozarks of Arkansas. Despite this, Manaha, Mother of None, receiving a dream that renders her arm useless, and in which she is told to share her stories in order that her arm may be restored, goes before the council proclaiming her wish to do so at the village fire, but is forbidden. Only outside of the village is she allowed.

    Each evening after lighting her story-fire, when the listeners have arrived, remaining hidden in the shadows for fear of punishment, Manaha tells her story. Her tale is one once told to her, long ago, by Taninto, the man she knew as Grandfather. It was his tale told to her as they searched for her people, the Palisema. A people she never knew. He told of finding Manaha as an infant, his naming her Nanza, and raising her. He also spoke about his own life, from the time he was a young man until an old one when he found Nanza. The story he tells of his youth speaks to the ruin of many a nation when the Spanish came and desolated them. It was the time of Hernando De Soto, known by them as the Son-of-the-Sun. A man once highly regarded by Taninto’s tribe, De Soto soon brought death and destruction and changed the world in that area forever.

    When tragedy once again finds the Hachia people and they have no choice but to move on, Manaha, first declining, decides to follow instead. There is one who needs her storytelling to continue. The once forbidden story, the disgrace of their people, must be told – never forgotten. And now a new generation will know through the Storykeeper.

    Daniel A. Smith’s, Storykeeper, is a tender, poignant, powerful story of a people’s strength, endurance and history. Smith not only turned his research of those days of Hernando De Soto in the 1500′s into a story that honors the Indians that lived through it, but created a lesson on the importance of storytelling. This remarkable novel has won the 2013 Best Indie Book Award, and deservedly so. Every year, five Indie authors in the US are chosen for this award and this year, Daniel A. Smith was a recipient. Congratulations Daniel! You deserve it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This well researched novel weaves the history of the early Arkansas natives confronting the invasion of Hernando de Soto, as well as the importance of passing the stories of your life and your people from one generation to another. As a native Arkansan living in the Ozarks, I enjoyed Mahana's travels through creeks, mountains and rivers that I have traveled myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Kisabaja

    Excellent book! Much research was done by the writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Must read

    More than I expected. Best I have read in a very long time.

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