New novel, ‘Patriot Pinn’s Pearl,’ portrays rare Native American tribe

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Horace Rice tells story of mixed Cherokee-Wiccocomico people, their struggle for survival amidst colonial atrocities

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a historical fiction account, chronicles the lives of a rare Native American tribe of mixed Cherokee and Wiccocomico

MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. – Horace Rice’s “Patriot Pinn’s Pearl” (published by Xlibris), a historical fiction account, chronicles the lives of a rare Native American tribe of mixed Cherokee and Wiccocomico, unique and distinctive by its extraordinary ingenuity and strength to survive several hundred years, despite colonial settlers’ racial hatred and attempts to take its lands and destroy its aboriginal heritage. The most prominent character is Chief Raleigh Pinn, who learned the ways of the settlers, moved to Central Virginia at the end of his Northern Neck indentured servitude, purchased properties and provided a haven for his family and his fellow displaced people.

The reader will empathize with Raleigh and his descendants’ reactions to colonial settlers and the hardships these settlers caused in the early to mid-1700s through the mid-1800s, as well as his tribe’s struggles to survive in a hostile milieu. He grapples to control his deep animosity for everything “Anglo” as he models survival strategies for his indigenous people. He purchases several land, becomes a prosperous farmer, joins the Amherst Militia and participates in the Revolutionary War, including the battle at Yorktown. He establishes, unites and protects his people in two Cherokee villages separated by the James River during his years in Amherst and Buckingham.

Raleigh’s faith in God and his awareness of his royal heritage provides the essential self-confidence required to tame his animosity and teach his people how to coexist with white settlers in a world that makes survival for Native Americans almost impossible. This is a story of his skillful ability to pass on history and heritage and to exhibit his love for his neighbors, making him a model for his descendants’ achievement and tolerance.

By Horace Rice
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 558 pages | ISBN 9781503565289
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 558 pages | ISBN 9781503565296
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Horace R. Rice, a native of Pacolet, South Carolina, has been working in the field of public and higher education in Virginia since 1965. His mother, a quarter-blood Cherokee, was born in Cherokee County near Pacolet. His areas of specialization were administration and supervision, counseling, and educational research. Rice has worked in the education field as a government teacher; guidance counselor; elementary, junior high, and high school principal; and school division assistant superintendent. He is an army veteran, serving as a Reconnaissance Scout Sergeant on the Korean DMZ. He is an ordained minister and has been a church pastor since 1976. He has written much on Native American history, including the “Buffalo Ridge Cherokee: A Remnant of A Great Nation Divided” (1995, Heritage Books, Inc.).

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