White Bird is a work of Historical Fiction, set to the background of West Central Idaho during the early stages of US Military escalation into the Vietnam Conflict. The birth of Daniel Knight on the storm ravaged slopes of White Bird Pass during the winter of 1950; presage the re-awakening of the “Great Animal Spirits” of ancient Nez Perce lore.
Born to a native heritage from a woman of the people, who died in childbirth, and an Anglo-American bloodline from a father, who abandoned him at birth, Daniel comes of age in 1963 unaware of his ties to destiny.
In an event-filled one-year span of time, he must forge lasting bonds of friendship, face unforeseen enemies, and learn the true meaning of “Courage, Honor, and Loyalty to Love.” Tied to destiny’s path, Daniel will grow from self-imposed solitude into maturity as a leader of men and a warrior in the greatest traditions of his ancient heritage.
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As a native of Idaho in the Magic Valley of southern Idaho I had yet to see a horizon without the mountains looming large in my mind. Perhaps after so manny decades they loom larger still.. From an early age I preferred the solitude of the wilderness to the often chaotic life in populated areas. The Snake River Canyon and the smaller off-shoot called Rock Creek Canyon were my after school and weekend places to be while living in Twin Falls with a population in the 10’s of thousands. I loved the area of west central Idaho from the time of traveling there while looking for an alternative home to the small town of Rupert at the age of 8. Riggins was my choice at the time but in a family of six kids and me being the youngest except for a very young baby sister, I was outvoted and forced into the more urban life. The area stayed with me all these decades and is the primary impetus for me becoming an author. In researching the area I made the great discovery of the ancient Nez Perce who settled the area millennia ( yes, I said millennia) ago.
All this and so much more are in this novel of historical fiction. I like the term historical mysticism as a genre though I have not yet found that to be a category. Perhaps that term will belong to me someday.