A Master Storyteller
Welch is a master storyteller. I find her writing to be
very much on the order
of what is
considered, in old terms, a true storyteller, one that
takes the nucleus and expands
it to take on all
the senses -- I can see what she sees, hear what she
taste what she smells and tastes. Most importantly,
though, I feel what she feels."
J. Alexander - Books for the Thinking Reader:
Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood and Communism
Best Native American Fiction 2011
Seller on Amazon
From the Author
Cedar Woman is a project I have wanted to
work on for several years. Written with
the help of my adopted sister, Julie Spotted
Eagle Horse Martineau, it is a book which I
have thoroughly enjoyed writing.
I asked my sister to act as a consultant.
I did so because I didn't want to write about
the sacred things which are not supposed to be
written about and I wanted to write about
those which I could with utmost authenticity.
I also wanted to make sure that I represented
the Lakota people with the deepest respect and
Within Cedar Woman you will find many
words of the Lakota Sioux. Pronunciation
and meaning is included the first time each
word is used. There are three dialects
in the Lakota language and no standardized
spelling. I have chosen the
spelling and pronunciation of these words in
keeping with the dialect of my sister, Julie
Spotted Eagle Horse Martineau, who is of the
Lakota Plains Native Americans.
Powwow is described in detail, as well as the
various forms of regalia, etiquette, music,
and as with any ethnic festival - the food!
My son and I have attended the Muddy River
Powwow for many years, and in doing so, have
come to know and love our adopted family;
they have brought us much joy. This book
was written to honor them.
I hope you enjoy Cedar Woman.
Toksa Ake Wakan Tanka Nici Un - Walk With God
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