Writing this book and doing the extensive research was special to the author since she herself is 28% Native American Pueblo Indian and has many Native American friends, some whom were her playmates and schoolmates.WINNER NEW MEXICO / ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS! A Story in NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY very few are familiar with. A dazzling, family epic of love and forgiveness.In 1915 at the age of thirteen, Grandfather witnessed the desecration of the graves of his ancestors: 2,067 skeletons were stolen from the ghost Pueblo of Pecos. During the dark history of his peoples, their bones were more valuable than their lives. As he watched the remains of his ancestors driven away in trucks, he thought, bury my heart in their wounded graves, and fell to his knee, stricken with fear. Grandfather kept his secret for 84 years because he was afraid the men who dug up his family might come for him, too. In present day, he is an ancient ruin with one fist in a grave and the other in a wine bottle. He pleads with his granddaughter to drive him from New Mexico to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Boston, Massachusetts and bring home the missing ones.Hollow-Woman doesn't care about family trees, genealogy, or shared DNA. She works at a Native American casino and is of the modern ways, but she reluctantly agrees to drive the old buzzard cross country on his quest to rebury the ancestors at the rubble of their family pueblo. Grandfather claims the rest of the dead family hasn't had a night of peace since the others were ripped from their graves.Grandfather is a powerful shaman who believes his granddaughter does not appreciate heritage or the ancestry of her blood. He fashions a magical dream catcher that sometimes hurls her into the past to experience the lives of six centuries of generations, their sorrows, triumphs, and the dark side of the religious fanaticism of the Spanish Inquisition. During their road trip to find their stolen ancestors, she embarks on a spiritual journey and truly comes to appreciate the ties that bind the past and present of families.They discover what the Pecos skeletons have been up to for eight decades since being held captive at Harvard University, and how important their bones are to mankind
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Past and present are interwoven in such an intriguing manner. I loved this story, part fiction, part fantasy, but based on truth. It's all about the bones of ancestors, the gradual loss of tribes and nations of North America's indigenous people and the repatriation of the bones. In this mystical and arduous journey an elderly shaman and his granddaughter, last of their once large tribe, are on a quest for the bones of their ancestors. Travelling physically in an old truck, and paranormally via a dreamcatcher, this story is spellbinding. Belinda Vasquez Garcia has a way of bringing reality to the past and present through images received by the granddaughter, a modern girl who is on this journey of discovery and recovery. Past and present are interwoven in such a way that I truly felt this in my own soul, legend becomes reality as Hollow-Woman begins to open her soul to the past. I found the book memorable and heartwarming as the connection between grandfather and granddaughter, ancient and modern, past and present grew. The author has done a wonderful job of working with history and keeping the truth while writing with a passion for the magical and spiritual feel through the centuries of the indigenous people.