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Soul of the Mountain by Leah Chyten
Embedded within this timely novel is the grievous history Native Americans have suffered. At a time when many U.S. schools are refraining from teaching the hard truths about non-white American inhabitants, Indigenous wisdom is finally being sought to alter how the industrialized world is treating planet Earth . . . before it is too late.
Leah Chyten writes a stunning paranormal story embedded with the truths of how Native American land was stolen over the centuries and their cultural way of life nearly destroyed.
Her character Luce, a Manhattan social justice lawyer, receives a surprise visit from a Lakota woman named Violet. She leaves Luce with a secretly encoded gold nugget. Luce begins having nocturnal visitations from an ominous looking raven. Deeply disturbed, she seeks advice from an urban shaman who advises her to head West and speak directly with Violet.
The tale begins in the author's mind with the vision of a young boy on horseback galloping freely across the prairie, his long, black hair unbound behind him. What unfolds is a profound journey, as Luce encounters an elusive Harley-riding Native cowboy, the Sojan peoples from Middle Earth, the soul of a sacred mountain in South Dakota, Forest Dwellers, and several wisdom keepers.
"If it weren't for the pipe, I might have thought it a dream. But whenever I hold the pipe, it all comes back to me, and I know that everything we experienced was real and happened the way we remember. We who were inside the mountain, choose not to speak of it aloud, simply because it is too sacred to share, even with loved ones. Who can truly understand until one has traveled to the unseen worlds, so close and yet invisible to those without sight?"
So begins an incredible journey searching for the Soul of the Mountain.
About the Author: Soul of the Mountain is Leah Chyten's third novel. Leah is a psychologist, spiritual teacher, and grandmother. She lives by the ocean in Portland, Maine.
"Timely does not begin to describe this book. Its explorations into the history of Native Americans, along with the possibilities of what their culture can teach us, is extraordinary,"
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