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The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening

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Honors:

- Finalist in Cross-Genre Fiction in 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards

- Silver Medal Finalist in Novella category in 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

- Finalist in Visionary Fiction in USA Best Books 2011 Awards

"I found this 'journey' easy to follow, easy to enter into with Tacu, easy to rejoice, hurt, and cry with him on his path to maturity. The grammar was almost exemplary, the font perfect, the cover luxurious. The illustrations were well-executed and added visual delight to this fine ...

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Overview

Honors:

- Finalist in Cross-Genre Fiction in 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards

- Silver Medal Finalist in Novella category in 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

- Finalist in Visionary Fiction in USA Best Books 2011 Awards

"I found this 'journey' easy to follow, easy to enter into with Tacu, easy to rejoice, hurt, and cry with him on his path to maturity. The grammar was almost exemplary, the font perfect, the cover luxurious. The illustrations were well-executed and added visual delight to this fine book. This book is nearly flawless and I found few areas, if any, that I could comment on in the area of improvements. It was very inspirational."

- Judge's Commentary, 19th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Jan. 2012

"The spiritual tale of a young Native American from the days before the Spanish arrived in California.... There is hardly a word out of place ... what is most commendable is the precision and unpretentiousness of the prose while still managing to invoke the intense quality of Tacu's visionary quest and moving nature of his movement."

-Kirkus Reviews

In this tale set in the world of a nearly extinct Native American tribe which prospered thousands of years before that same locale became the city of Los Angeles, a young Tongva brave, Tacu, struggles to understand and survive the baffling and often dangerous lessons of Takoda, his mysterious mentor from the North.

Until he does so successfully, he won't be allowed to travel to the village at the Place of the Stones to undergo his vision quest and formal initiation into manhood - and only by doing so can he earn back the respect of his peers and court the maiden he loves, for he is now shunned by the village as a despicable coward.

But he is being held to a different and difficult path by Takoda. He must go through harrowing life lessons and experiences to prepare him to face his future courageously and with honor, and bring him to recognize his own spirituality. Tacu never imagines the crucial impact these teachings will have on him, the spiritual gifts with which he will be endowed, or how dramatically his life will change before his journey to manhood is complete. A thoughtful and moving addition to the treasure trove of inspirational stories about America's First People.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461187950
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/17/2011
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

D.E. Lamont grew up in the burgeoning residential developments of the San Fernando Valley of Southern California in the 1950s and 60s. She and her brothers explored the wild chaparral-covered hills and canyons, where they found signs of former Native American inhabitants. These discoveries excited her interest in earlier times and left her with the haunting impression that many stories about these mysterious, missing people waited to be told.

Only many years later did she learn about the original people of Los Angeles, the Tongva, who had been driven to near extinction over the last four and a half centuries by the European and other conquerors. She wished to honor the Tongva and let more people know about them through her story, which is set in the period just before the encroachment of Spain. Today roughly 2,000 descendants of the Tongva live in Southern California.

D.E. Lamont has recently published an e-novelette, "LOST WITHOUT LOVE--A Hollywood Tale of the Future," and the short story collection "Two Short Fantasies: One Starry Night's Dream and The Prisoner." She has also co-authored three nonfiction books and is working on the sequel to THE WAY OF THE EAGLE and a full-length novel. She lives with her husband in an apartment overlooking the Hudson River in New York, which at rare, magical times transforms into a mystical rolling river of clouds - for which she named her publishing company, Cloud River Press.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening.

    The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening. Masterfully written story about an ancient tribe of California, and the journey of a boy becoming a man. The writer has done an amazing job of research into this wonderful tribe, finding details of language and culture, and painting a picture with words for us so that we might experience what life could have been like for this extinct people. My hat is off to the writer. This is a terrific story. It is out in Kindle version now, but I bought the print book because it's the kind of book I want in my library.
    Phoenix

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    The Way of the Eagle - Indian Teachings of Spirituality

    This story reminded me of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" in a number of ways. It is a story of a young Southern California Indian man who is learning to be one of the spiritual leaders of his future tribe. He is taught in the way of the American Indian to appreciate the spiritual nature of himself and all living things. Journey with him on this lesson of a lifetime...well researched and accurately portrayed by the author DE Lamont and beautifully illustrated by JH Soeder.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Phenomenal Author, Beautiful Story

    The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening by D.E. Lamont is a quick, short read but one definitely worth a reader's time.

    My Thoughts:

    I really enjoyed this book, and felt like it was a real tribute to a culture and a people that are worth recognizing and honoring. Like many Native American tribes, the Tongva "People of the Earth" were a people whose culture and way of life were wiped away when Europeans entered North America.

    D.E. Lamont uses the story of Tacu, a young Tongva and his journey to manhood as a way to show readers how very special this culture was. Throughout the book, the author weaves in the spiritual beliefs of the culture and parallel that with how important self-reliance is, and that is shown through Tacu's journey. We follow him as he prepares to become a man, and while the traditional method of the initiation practice might not have been the correct one his uncle shows him that he should seek approval from within himself. The message of this story is that we all need to look within ourselves for approval, not those around us.

    The author's writing style comes across as effortless...when I was reading, it seemed as if I were right there, finding the path to my own self-reliance along with Tacu and I imagine that is just the way the author wanted it. To put it more plainly, she certainly has a way with words!

    Like with most books I read, while the story was truly amazing, one of the most beneficial and interesting parts of the book was the "About the Author" section where D.E. Lamont explains the facts behind the Tongva culture, their demise, and the efforts being made to restore it for the remaining descendents and our country.

    I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge the illustrator of this book, Jon H. Soeder. The author states that" his contribution to The Way of the Eagle is especially meaningful not only because of the dimension his cover art and beautiful illustrations add, but because of his sensitivity to the natural world and its creatures." I would wholeheartedly agree, and add that the illustrations were done so beautifully and thoughtfully that they added the perfect element to accompany the written text.

    D.E. also offers an amazing blog that I highly recommend to all readers - there is a piece she just recently wrote about how Native American spirituality and everyday life are so interwoven. It, along with the book, should be required reading for high school students...in my opinion of course!

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    highly recommended !!!

    The Way of the Eagle tells the tale of a Native American boy learning who he is. D. E. Lamont weaves a beautiful tapestry filled with details of native life in southern California at a time before European conquest. Her writing blends the exacting detail of daily Native American life with an exquisite spiritual quest that makes it easy to experience the beauty and power of a culture all but lost in the modern world. Reading this tale was a pleasure, and I highly recommend it as entertaining and enlightening fare. Be prepared to soar like an eagle.

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