Manataka American Indian Council
The Wisdom Walkers
by Corina Roberts
The Wisdom Walkers
is a provocative novel about ancient North America
and the journey of two women. Not all Native Americans migrated to the
Western Hemisphere from Mongolia. Some of us were already here. The Wisdom
Walkers follows the journey of two women horse traders who travel, by land and
by sea, to meet on the eastern seaboard of present-day North America, 74,000
years ago. They lived in the time just prior to the eruption of Toba, a massive
super volcano. Toba changed the earth's climate and nearly destroyed the human
population. The Wisdom Walkers examines who we were and how we lived in this
time before memory, from the Celtic and Native American perspective. It includes
31 original poems as well as footnotes on the geology, geography, genetics,
history and cultures of the period. Most importantly, it dispels the myth of a
one-way migration across the Bering Strait which populated the Americas. Our
genetic lineage is not linear...it is circular, like Mother Earth herself.
241 pages, 6.0 x 9.0 in. (Trade Paperback), perfect-bound, black and white
interior. $19.95 ©2003 Copyrighted. All rights
The Wisdom Walkers Prologue
Luz and Mikki lived about 74,000 years ago, in present-day Europe and North America.
Their parents had met purely by chance thirty years earlier, when the fishing vessel of an exploratory party was blown badly off course from the western shores of Europe, and carried adrift to the eastern seaboard of North America. Their mothers exchanged two precious gifts; each a necklace designed to count the time when, thirty years hence, they would repeat this voyage and meet again.
Now, Mikki and Luz, women in their early thirties themselves, set out to fulfill the obligation that neither of their mothers remain able or willing to make…to meet on this thirtieth year, during the Trade Gathering of the Coastal Clearwater Clans, on the east coast of North America.
Mikki and Luz are horse traders, and each grew up on the stories of the fabulous animals their parents had seen so many years earlier. Each of them embarks on their journey largely unsupported by their own leaders…in no small part because the voyages both Luz and Mikki will take are full of danger and uncertainty.
The earth seventy four thousand years ago was very similar to the way it is now. While many successions of plants and animals have evolved and vanished in all parts of the globe, the geology of the earth and the placement of the continents is essentially the same.
It was a time when mammoths and saber tooth cats still roamed in North America, as well as giant bison and enormous bears. Ancient ancestors of the horse grazed alongside the much larger animal that we recognize today. There were cheetahs and leopards. The bowhead whale plied the waters of the Atlantic.
The scientific community now recognizes that in this same time period, a volcano named Toba erupted in the region of Indonesia, spewing a tremendous amount of debris into the atmosphere…many times more than anything we have witnessed in recorded history. Toba affected the global climate by lowering the average temperature by five degrees. In the northern latitudes, the cooling effect was as much as fifteen degrees. This disrupted growing cycles, changed ocean levels, and put an enormous strain on all the planet’s inhabitants.
The impact of Toba lasted for many years. Global temperature changes challenged mankind’s ability to adapt and survive to the extreme. At some point, in this same general time period of seventy four thousand years ago, the human population plummeted. Our ancestors hit “the bottleneck” as it is sometimes referred to. Some scientists believe that as few as five thousand people survived that time period, evidenced by the relative lack of genetic variance found in our modern human population. Surely, much of the cultural identity, the accomplishments, the art and history of our early ancestors was swept away along with the lives of whole nations, as it most surely has happened in even more ancient times, as it has happened since, and as it will likely happen again. Mikki and Luz lived in the time just prior to the eruption of Toba
the Author Corina
Roberts was born in Wurzburg, Germany in 1964, the daughter of a German/Russian
mother and Scottish/Welsh/Cherokee father enlisted in the United States Army.
Writing, photography, art and poetry are both a professional and a personal
passion. In 1990, Corina founded Redbird a nonprofit organization
dedicated to Native American cultural awareness and environmental organization.
Writing skill came early, with the first recognition at the age of nine and a
novel called Red Rover, which won an all-school first place award against many
of Roberts' work today focuses on cultural preservation and environmental
education. She has written for a number of non-profit groups as well as doing
freelance work. Corina will be a featured speaker at Southeastern University of
Oklahoma's Sixth Annual Native Writer's Symposium in Durant, Oklahoma.
Recent poetry includes "Waking Up Screaming" in the July 2005 online edition of Autumn Leaves, collaboration with Virginia Morell on the National Geographic upcoming article "Sea Monsters" slated for publication in December 2005, and inclusion in the International Poetry Society's 2005 Anthology with “The Honesty of Dogs”.
Other current online credits include "Jump - Getting Started" an article about writers on writing at: www.RedCedarPublishing.com. Corina has several other projects in the works as well. Fairy Island, Inc. is a wedding location operation in its early development, with some very innovative goals and ideas, and for which serious partner/investors are being sought. Through her non-profit, she is also working on a project called “Redbird Ranch”, an elder and transitional housing facility focusing on the Native American community, and providing peace and dignity in a culturally appropriate setting for families whose elderly are nearing their end of life.
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