Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 19, 2013
Hundreds of years after the Shoshone’s ancestral spirits (Wendigos) are kidnapped, an orange spot appears in the middle of a large gray cloud. Duh-Pia’isa thought the strange sight was divinely inspired while the six boys in faded gray sweats noted its familiar capsule shape. Eyes wide, mouths agape, and hands searching blindly in back for a place to recline, the teenagers sit on the same slab of granite. Without warning, the capsule transforms into a Japanese symbol. A couple of boys recognized it as a kanji character but were ignorant of its meaning. Duh-Pia’isa, on the other hand, had no clue what he was looking at but was certain he knew what it meant—the Great Spirit was present.
“Legend of the Pronghorn,” a compelling fictional and historical novel written by author Pat Dolan, follows several generations of the Shoshone nation as they deal with the loss of their spiritual connection, the encroaching “white eyes” and the subsequent degradation of their ancient culture. Mysteriously, many of their experiences are mirrored many years later in the lives of a wayward high school cross-country team desperately in need of self-respect.
The fate of the captured “Wendigos” is ultimately tied to the team and a strange, hard luck Shoshone teen named Duh-Pia’isa (Black Wolf). Black Wolf is the lone survivor of a Blackfoot raid of his village and is the half-man, half-spirit long ago foretold in visions. Black Wolf, like several other Native Americans and the modern day runners, become unwitting participants in the Great Spirit’s grandiose plan to rescue the “Wendigos” and thus reunite their people with nature and all things divine.
Beyond showing how success in any endeavor requires knowledge, persistence, dedication and sacrifice, “Legend of the Pronghorn” demonstrates how the physical and spiritual world flourishes when mankind works cooperatively with nature and each other.
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About the Author
Robert Patrick “Pat” Dolan is a semi-retired educator and coach. He continues to enjoy working with young athletes and exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains with his friends and family.
Legend of the Pronghorn * by Pat Dolan
Publication Date: August 26, 2013
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