Totems of September – Synopsis
This beautifully descriptive book is a unique compilation of personal stories that examine the events of September 11, 2001 and the aftermath from a non political viewpoint. The use of Native American story telling tradition of circles on circles and lives on lives, is interspersed with the culture of the Northwest and Plains tribes through the use of animal legends, stories, and imagery. The stand-alone stories of three memorable characters, dating from the early 1900s to 2006; their lineage and their families; are woven together through the threads of history, human connections, hope and redemption. Geronimo Barse’ and Billy Hawk’s tenacity, warmth, humor and love, shine through their painful experiences in the Indian boarding schools, WWII, and the loss of so many loved ones. Lola LeFleur, and all the LeFleur women before and after her, fight desperately to change their perceived destiny. The warmth and healing of the Ranch, and the stability of Devils Tower in a world of terror, are integral factors in the healing of so many shattered lives. In the end, Totems of September is a story of hope, redemption, and the possibilities to be found in the future.