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The Dark Way
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Publication date August 1, 2000
Pages 179
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780806132730
ISBN-10 0806132736
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $11.95
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: "No one weaves a tribal story quite like Robert Conley. Conley's books are entertaining, colorful, and chock-full of tribal history and culture."--Wilma P. Mankiller, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

Few writers portray Native American life and history as richly, authentically, and insightfully as Robert J. Conley, an important voice of the Cherokee past. The novels in his Real People series combine powerful characters, gripping plots, and vivid descriptions of tradition and mythology to preserve Cherokee culture and history.

This, the second volume of the series, continues with the spellbinding account of a dramatic event in Cherokee lore--the overthrow of the priests. A terrible drought has plagued the land, and Standing-in-the-Doorway, most exalted of the Ani-Kutani--the highly privileged priesthood--knows he must produce rain or lose the confidence of his people. In desperation, the crafty priest decides to revive an ancient custom and designs a four-day ceremony intended to dazzle an increasingly disenchanted populace.

But Standing-in-the-Doorway is ruled by his passion for the arrogant young Two-Heads, who has a childhood score to settle and a long-suppressed fantasy to fulfill. Two Heads schemes to build the ceremony around his warped desires--a plan that endangers him and the entire priesthood. The priests may have gone too far: arousing the enmity of the Real People will seal their doom.

from Doubleday (March 1, 1993)
9780385419338 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $15.00
About: The abuse of power by unscrupulous priests leads the Cherokee to the brink of death, and soon the Cherokee begin a revolt against those who had formed the very center of their lives
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from Univ of Oklahoma Pr (August 1, 2000)
9780806132730 | details & prices | 179 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $11.95
About: "No one weaves a tribal story quite like Robert Conley.
Reprint edition from Bantam Books (December 1, 1994)
9780553560350 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $4.99
About: Based on oral histories and Native American folklore, a story recreating a dramatic event in Cherokee legend--the overthrow of the priests--recounts the suffering, abuse, and human sacrifice that forced a people to rise up in rebellion

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