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ANCIENT ONES (Historical Fiction based on Kennewick Man discovery)
by Kirk Mitchell. Cover art by Jamie Warren-Youll. Condition: Gently pre-read 2002 Bantam paperback, first printing. Tiny edge wear with pale spine crease. Interior clean & tight. Content: Comanche Bureau of Indian Affairs Agent Emmet Quanah Parker and Anna Turnipseed of the FBI return in this installmen, which finds them seeking the services of a marriage counselor to sort through Anna's abusive past. All attempts at intimacy must be postponed as the two officiate at the examination of a 14,000-year-old Oregon skeleton called "John Day Man." The remains are clearly Caucasian, setting up uncomfortable dynamics as law enforcement officials, tribal representatives, and cantankerous, oddball anthropologist Thaddeus Rankin jockey for authority. When attractive tribal representative Elsa Dease goes missing, Anna and Emmet don't lack for unsavory suspects, including Basque shepherd and fossil hunter Gorka Bibao, elusive Paiute rodeo loser Tennyson Paulina, and a group of pagans calling themselves the Norse Folk Congress. As the murder tally rises, suspects and law enforcement alike are caught in the butchering killer's web. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Ancient Ones, Kennewick Man, Kirk Mitchell

AZTEC: A Novel (Historical Fiction)
by Gary Jennings. Condition: UNREAD 1980 Atheneum hardcover & DJ (in mylar jackaet), Book Club Edition. Problem: DJ has 2 "repaired" tears top edge. Interior perfect. Content: Reviewer: "The most conspicuous element of this entire book is how Jennings is able to blend accurate history of the 16th century with lessons of life that are sure to be timeless. What I mean is that while reading this, not only will you learn a ton about Aztec society and culture and its subsequent end at the hands of Cortes from a people-wide perspective, but you also get to see this same conquest from the eyes of the narrator Mixtli. I love historical fiction, and because I didn't know much about the Aztecs prior to picking this book up, it was a bullseye hit in that respect. Furthermore--and what makes this book more than a mere history lesson--is that you a treated to seeing Mixtli's life progress from being a common citizen, through his rise to warrior, to his becoming nobility. This story is the real soul of the book, and there are passages that are as relevant today as they were 500 years ago when Mixtli spoke them. The bottom line is that this is a great book both for its historical fiction, as well as its sad/funny/awkward/inspiring/heartfelt/tragic, etc. story line that tells of Mixtli's life. It's a long book that will occupy your time, but it's so worth it. Get it now." Probably the best historical novel ever written. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Aztec, Gary Jennings

AZTEC AUTUMN (Historical Fiction, sequel to Aztec!)
by Gary Jennings. Condition: Gently pre-read 1988 TOR paperback, first printing. Very light edge wear. Pale spine crease. Interior clean & tight. Content: Historical novelist Gary Jennings returns to the time and place of his international bestseller Aztec one generation after the conquistadors have all but destroyed the culture. The once-shining capital city of Tenochtitlan has been renamed Mexico City. Eighteen-year-old Tenamaxtli, the novel's hero, has traveled with his mother from the northern region, where they have been kept abreast of the progress of the malignant, marauding, disease-bearing Spanish. In the course of witnessing the execution of an old Aztec, Tenamaxtli's mother reveals that the victim is, in fact, her son's father. Everything is in place for vengeance, and over the novel's next several years, Tenamaxtli organizes an ill-fated insurrection, enjoying many sexual adventures along the way. Told plainly and at some remove, Jennings has reserved the fancier footwork for an excursion into Aztec culture, creating a detailed tapestry of a struggling, vanquished race. Readers familiar with Mexican history will welcome the rich details of this vengeance drama; those new to it will be impressed by Jennings's exhaustive research. The narrative reads like a journal, its language meant to evoke some generic past. Perhaps this is a distancing device, allowing readers to focus on the rich weave of cultural and historic elements rather than the carnage, cruelty, and genocide that characterize this unhappy piece of Mexican history. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Aztec Autumn, Gary Jennings

by Kenneth Morris. Richard Powers cover art. Condition: PLEASE READ / UNREAD, but not perfect, 1992 TOR hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. DJ shows edge wear with 2 "repaired cuts" to DJ folds. Interior perfect. Content: Messiah-like figure of the Quetzalcoatl--or Plumed Dragon--forms the central myth of the Aztec-Toltec culture. In his last novel, completed before his death in 1939 but only recently released for publication, Welsh fantasist and theosophist Morris attempts to make this complex story-cycle more accessible to a general audience. The author's style echoes an earlier, more leisurely age, but his subject is fascinating and his language evocative. The novel was completed more than 55 years ago by Welsh theosophist/mythographer Morris (1879-1937), but is seeing publication only now at the urging of such serious students of the genre as Ursula K. Le Guin. Aztecs, Toltecs and fantasy - works for me! Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Chalchiuhite Dragon, Morris, Aztec fiction

by Sue Littleton. Wonderful color and B&W photos illustrate. Condition: SIGNED by Author. NEW 1999 Catalogos (Buenos Aires) Trade Paperback, first edition, first printing. Bilingual edition - Spanish on the left; English on the right. Content: An enthralling epic poem that honors the importance of a small seed to countries around the world, with ironic twists of plot as a vengeful captive in foreign land. Historically correct adventures in the Ancient Americas. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Corn Woman (Mujer Maiz): Maize Goddess of the New World

THE DELIGHT MAKERS: A novel of prehistoric Pueblo Indians
by Adolf F. Bandelier. Intro by Stefan Jovanovich. Condition: NEW 1971 Harvest Trade Paper edition, 13th printing (c. 1990-2000). Tiny edge wear. Content: The author, an archaeologist who spent eight years among the Pueblo tribes of New Mexico, provides in fictional form an invaluable reconstruction of prehistoric Indian culture of the Southwest. Bandelier was born in Bern, Switzerland. When a youth he emigrated to the United States. After 1880 he devoted himself to archaeological and ethnological work among the Indians of the southwestern United States, Mexico and South America. Beginning his studies in Sonora (Mexico), Arizona and New Mexico, he made himself the leading authority on the history of this region, and - with F. H. Cushing and his successors - one of the leading authorities on its prehistoric civilization. Bandelier tells the story of the ancestors of the modern Pueblos, the Queres, who are dominated by a powerful secret society called the Koshare or "Delight Makers." Rivalry between clans and a conspiracy to accuse a woman of sorcery touch of war with a neighboring tribe, the Tehuas, and lead to the destruction of the Queres settlement. Bandelier wrote the book "to make the 'Truth about the Pueblo Indians' moe accessible and perhaps more acceptable to the public in general." Questions welcome. [2 copies available]
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Delight Makers, Anasazi, Bandelier

THE FAIR GOD Or the Last of the 'Tzins: A Tale of the Conquest of Mexico
by General Lew Wallace (Ben-Hur. B&W full-page plates by Eric Pape. Condition: This manuscript was found (said Wallace in his Introduction, which was fiction of a cloth with the novel to follow) among a heap of old dispatches from the Viceroy Mendoza to the Emperor. It must have been to give him a completer idea of the Aztecan people and their civilization, or to lighten the burdens of royalty by an amusement to which, it is known, Charles V. was not averse. Besides, Mendoza, in his difficulty with the Marquess of the Valley (Cortes), failed not to avail himself of every means likely to propitiate his cause with the court, and especially with the Royal Council of the Indies. It is not altogether improbable, therefore, that the manuscript was forwarded for the entertainment of the members of the Council and the lordly personages of the Court. . . . everything relative to the New World, and particularly the dazzling conquest of Mexico. [Regardless of the publisher's note here, this IS a work of fiction.] Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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The Fair God, Lew Wallace, Aztecs

by Javier Sierra. Interesting B&W maps illustrate. Condition: UNREAD 2007 Atria hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: An elaborately woven novel of intrigue about one of America's most curious and enduring legends - the enigma of the Lady in Blue. This involves a spirit who appeared to the leaders of the Jumano Native American tribe in New Mexico 362 years ago, and was linked to a Spanish nun capable of powers of "bilocation," or the ability to be in two places simultaneously. Spans centuries, Europe, and the American Southwest. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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The Lady in Blue, Sierra

THE QUEEN JADE: A New World Novel of Adventue [Red Lion series]
by Yxta Maya Murray. Condition: UNREAD 2008 Harper Trade Paperback, first printing. Tiny shelf wear. Content: There is a legend of the New World that has endured for centuries: the strange, tragic tale of a King, a Witch . . . and a blue gem of intoxicating beauty said to grant extraordinary power to whoever possesses it. Archaeologist Juana Sanchez, convinced that she's discovered the key to unlocking the mystery of the fabled Queen Jade, ventures into the Central American jungle alone—just ahead of the relentless pounding fury of Hurricane Mitch. When the terrible storm is over, Juana is gone, and an ancient, long-buried jade mine has been uncovered in the mountains of Guatemala, giving new hope to all obsessed seekers of the legendary stone. But it is a different obsession that plunges Juana's daughter—scholar and bookseller Lola Sanchez—into the remarkable adventure of a lifetime. For only by following the Queen Jade's perilous, cursed trail can Lola hope to find her vanished mother . . . if it isn't already too late. [1 copy available]
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The Queen Jade, Murray

by Linda Lay Shuler. Condition: Gently pre-read 1989 Signet paperback (495 pages), 23rd printing. Tiny shelf wear. Pale spine crease. Interior clean & tight. Content: Set in the American Southwest during the 13th century, Shuler's absorbing first novel portrays Kwani, an intrepid young Pueblo Indian of the Anasazi tribe whose fortitude is severely tested. The daughter of a Viking invader, Kwani is exiled from her clan because her blue eyes mark her as a witch. She is found by Kokopelli, a charismatic Toltec nobleman renowned as a magician, teacher and healer. Dazzled by his mystique, Kwani willingly accompanies Kokopelli to the Eagle Clan's encampment, where he makes her his mate, later leaving her with the tribe during his arduous winter travels. Kwani assumes the honorary title of She Who Remembers, keeper of tribal secrets and spiritual powers. Once again, however, she is accused of being a witch and is driven away just as Kokopelli returns. Together, they set off on a hazardous trek, in which they encounter other men who desire Kwani and her mystic powers. The plot sometimes moves slowly, and, aside from Kwani, the characterizations are superficial. Nevertheless, Shuler's exhaustive research lends authenticity to her vivid, fascinating descriptions of Indian society and culture. [1 copy available]
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She Who Remembers, Linda Lay Shuler

THUNDERWOMAN: A Mythic Novel of the Pueblos
by Nancy Wood. B&W illustrations by Richard Erdoes. Condition: NEW 1999 Dutton hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Content: At the dawn of time, Kobili and his wife, Thunderwoman, created the universe together, but then quarreled and were separated. Now with Coronado's army approaching, the ageless shaman awaits his beloved's rebirth. Will she join him in their final task? Or will Macaw's predictions of legions of armored men, riding like the wind on the backs of horses--men like don Juan de O-ate, with a mission to convert and destroy--come true before Thunderwoman has harnessed her own powers? hunderwoman, cocreator of the universe according to the Pueblos, returns to earth in human form at the time of the conquistadors. Reborn as Sayah, daughter of a chieftain, she is raised by her former husband, now Kobili the wise man. The invasion by conquistadors and the Catholic religion threaten to shatter her world, and she must work within human limitations to save her people. For almost 400 years, Sayah's human and animal compatriots travel the land to bring news, stories, and the strength of legends to their loved ones. Finally, Sayah cannot excise the interlopers from the land, but she can give her people the courage and will to continue. Wood, known for her poetry and short story collections, has undertaken a challenging mix of history and mythology. This work is populated with interesting and amusing, albeit unlikable, white characters. Thunderwoman's return in human form, including her development into a female warrior who retains her feminine compassion, is a fascinating if offbeat premise. Some inconsistencies in Thunderwoman's abilities are distracting to readers, who may be confused by her varying powers through time. Dark illustrations, imitative but not truly Native designs, are inserted skillfully throughout the text. At times confusing, this is still an engrossing read for mature readers with a special interest in Native cultures and Southwestern history. HIgh school and up. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Thunderwoman: Novel of the Pueblos

THE VISITANT (Book I, Anasazi Mysteries)
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. Kokopelli cover art. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 2000 TOR paperback, first printing. Tiny edge wear with short crease front cover at fore edge (shelf wear). Interior clean & tight. Content: In the upper Sonoran desert of present-day New Mexico, a charismatic yet troubled archeologist named Dusty Stewart is unearthing a mystery that began about A.D. 1200. While excavating a site of the Chaco Anasazi Indians, Stewart and his team discover mass graves containing the bodies of young women, all with their skulls smashed. Using flashbacks to merge past and present into a relatively seamless tapestry, the Gears depict an ancient, waning Anasazi people plagued with drought, declining resources and rampant tuberculosis. Ash Girl, the wife of the tribal war chief, Browser, has been found deadAher head crushed and a wolf mask at her side. Young girls continue to disappear from surrounding villages, and Browser, with the aid of his shrewdly eccentric uncle, searches for a serial killer. Meanwhile, in the present, a team of archeologists and anthropologists, most notably Dr. Maureen Cole, who's the heroine of this series launch, are also trying to solve the puzzle of the graves, using not only 20th-century technology, but, in addition, extrasensory perception that links them to the spirits of the past. Breathtaking descriptions evoke the harsh beauty of the desert in both winter and summer, while the lucid, erudite historical perspectives are informed by the authors' own extensive archeological experience. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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The Visitant, Kokopelli, Anasazi Indians, Chaco Canyon

art by Aroas. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get any where else. 4.0" H x 3.0" W. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Cancun) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us. Content: This is a combination of Anasazi pottery artwork with an inset of, at least, Mimbres-inspired design.
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Anasazi-Mimbres Bookplates

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