People of the Lakes (First North Americans #6) - Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear

A captivating novel of confrontation between those who dare to question Power and those who seek to control it for their own glory.

PEOPLE OF THE LAKES

Award-winning archaeologists and master storytellers Kathleen and Michael Gear spin a provocative tale of the perils and passions of the lives of the Hopewell tribes in the early North America.

Star Shell, the privileged daughter of a prominent Hopewell chief, must save her people from the corrupting influence of an evil totemic mask. No one will be able to recover it if she carries it northward across the Great Lakes and throws it into the torrents of Niagara Falls.

Otter, one of the finest Traders on the great rivers of North America, finds himself in the middle of Star Shell's race against time. Accompanied by the mighty warrior, Black Skull, and a mystical Contrary, Green Spider, Otter is unprepared for his involvement in the mission to banish the mask to a watery grave.

Otter aids Pearl, a beautiful runaway who has stolen his heart; he is pursued by the vengeful chief who wants her back. Star Shell's lifelong enemy is almost upon her as well. He has sworn to rescue the mask from its fate and wants its power for himself alone.

Otter, Star Shell, and their companions must brave the stormy waters of the Great Lakes, relying on the lunatic ramblings of the Contrary Green Spider. Is he a prophet or a raving maniac? More importantly, can Otter and Star Shell discover which of the Spirit Powers that started them on this perilous journey acts for good and which for evil?

Set against the splendor of the lands surrounding the Great Lakes two thousand years ago, People of the Lakes follows the paths of Otter and Star Shell as they race across North America, carrying the fate of the Hopewell Mound Builders in their hands. Will they lead their people to salvation or annihilation?

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Release date: 1994
Genres: paleofiction
Updated: August 26, 2021

First North Americans :: Series

Also known as People Books - First North Americans.

People of the Wolf (First North Americans #1)
People of the Fire (First North Americans #2)
People of the Earth (First North Americans #3)
People of the River (First North Americans #4)
People of the Sea (First North Americans #5)
People of the Lakes (First North Americans #6)
People of the Lightning (First North Americans #7)
People of the Silence (First North Americans #8)
People of the Mist (First North Americans #9)
People of the Masks (First North Americans #10)
People of the Owl (First North Americans #11)
People of the Raven (First North Americans #12)
People of the Moon (First North Americans #13)
People of the Nightland (First North Americans #14)
People of the Weeping Eye (First North Americans #15)
People of the Thunder (First North Americans #16)
People of the Longhouse (First North Americans #17)
The Dawn Country (First North Americans #18)
The Broken Land (First North Americans #19)
People of the Black Sun (First North Americans #20)
People of the Morning Star (First North Americans #21)