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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