Making peace with the past...
Discovering the only love that heals...
Ishi: the last of his tribe, utterly alone in the white man's world.
Allison: abandoned as a child, haunted by dreams of a mother whose face she cannot recall.
In 1911, the last Yahi Indian walked out of the woods and into modern civilization for the first time. Driven from a life of hiding, Ishi longs for one thing: to tell a secret tale, a fable of his people that only he knows. Allison Morgan understands how important it is to obey the tenets of propriety, especially when her anthropologist husband is entrusted with the care of the last "Stone Age" Indian in North America. Yet something about Ishi stirs echoes of memories long forgotten, compelling her to defy the rules. Secretly, she learns Ishi's language. And then the tale begins, bringing with it the promise of hope long abandoned. But in the midst of renewed dreams, will a tangle of hidden motives, personal insecurities, and long-masked secrets destroy her once chance to discover the truth?
Based on actual historical events, Only the Wind Remembers invites you to a times when everything was not as it seemed, when a simple tale held the key to hope, when only the wind remembered what it meant to be free.
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I had heard about this book years ago, but was slow in getting a copy - I'm sorry I waited so long as the book is an excellent read!!
Marlo has done it again. Another thrilling story. She presents Ishi as a character that has been able to provide me with a different perspective on 'real life'. I like the descriptions that were presented in the book on several occasions that stretched my imagination. Without giving away the actual answer - one she describes as Ishi thinking he sees a very long snake! Way to go - I'm looking forward to her next story about the American Native(s). I long to really know these people and Marlo has done an excellent job in helping me understand them. (Delayed in posting this but I read the book in less than a week; even with my busy schedule. Has been months now but I still remember many portions of the book.)
An amazing story of one so-called uncivilized Indian and his influence on the lives of those who took him into their hearts and lives. The story is based on the true experiences of Ishi (Yani word for man), the last survivor of the Yahi people.Several years prior to WWI, Wanasi (Ishi's fictional name)stumbles into the corral of a slaughtering company in northern California and into the white man's world.Starving, covered only with a long, tattered shirt, expecting to die, Wanasi yearned within his heart to be with other people--even the Saldu (white man). Living on whatever nature provided, hiding always, without the comfort of hot food, warm clothes, shelter, Wanasi now faced whatever lay ahead. Would it be death? Anthropologist Dr. Thomas Morgan becomes Wanasi's protector and teacher. But who is the real teacher? Wanasi learns to live at the museum in San Francisco where Dr Morgan is on staff. Willie a young boy, secretly befriends Wanasi. Dr. Morgan's father harbors a secret but never gives up trying to communicate with Wanasi. How does Wanasi know the loneliness and pain Allison Morgan tries to conceal. Why does Wanasi need to tell Allison the Eagle's story? Only the Wind Remembers is an unforgettable story of hope,love and shared dreams. It is a story of one 'uncivilized' man caring about people and showing God's love to those around him. Marlo Schalesky keeps the original intent of Ishi's story in her fiction book Only the Wind Remebers
As both a high school and elementary school teacher, I've been fascinated by and have taught the story of Ishi, the last of the primitive Yahi Indians, who stumbled out of the California hills into civilization in the early 1900's. I was also delighted, then, to find 'Only the Wind Remembers,' Schalesky's poetically crafted fictional work, based on the last of his life that he lived in the University of California museum in San Francisco. She convincingly writes of his faith in a Savior and of his loving ways that bring together a family divided by ambition and misunderstanding. I love the way Schalesky lends dignity to the native Americans in her novels--all of which I highly recommend.