New Novel The Shaman's Daughter by Nicki Royall Peet Considers Progress Versus Social Justice

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When a new highway forces a North Carolina church to relocate its cemetery, a century-old mystery of major significance to its Cherokee neighbors was also unearthed. The resulting investigation uncovers important information about the residents' past and creates an unexpected link across history in the stories of Cistoo and Lokie, two young Cherokee women.

New novel by Nicki Royall Peet considers progress versus social justice. Two Cherokee women fight for equality, justice for their people in ‘The Shaman’s Daughter’.

In her new novel, “The Shaman’s Daughter”, author Nicki Royall Peet asks readers “What really constitutes progress?” The story follows two young Cherokee women connected through time by an innate desire for social justice.

“While visiting a church in the Appalachian region,” writes Peet, “the minister told a story about how the church had to move its building and its cemetery when Highway 26 came through. He told about a mysterious musician who had played over the excavation to heal the land; and about how heart-wrenching and difficult the transition had been for his congregation. The story moved me deeply and stayed with me.”

Set mostly in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, “The Shaman’s Daughter” weaves the lives of two Cherokee teenagers separated by time in a coming-of-age story. In the 19th century, Cistoo becomes the first female shaman of her tribe. Though European settlers begin to encroach upon her tribe’s land, Cistoo finds the strength to lead her people west to safety.

Lokie, a contemporary Cherokee teenager, faces the threat of a modern highway tearing through sacred land. The highway forces a church to relocate their cemetery. When the graveyard crew digs up a century-old mystery, Cistoo and Lokie’s lives become inextricably linked.

Peet’s empowered, well-rounded heroines drive “The Shaman’s Daughter” forward. She hopes readers will connect with Cistoo and Lokie and question the nature of progress.

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About the Author:
Nicki Royall Peet holds a B.A. in religion from the College of William and Mary and a master’s in divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. She is an ordained Minister, lifelong learner and spiritual seeker. Her working career includes 20 years in the nonprofit sector.

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