From Library Journal
Conley, a member of the United Keetoowah Bank of Cherokee and the author of numerous works of fiction ( Nickajack , Doubleday, 1992; Go-Ahead Rider , LJ 6/15/90), delivers a very accessible and moving account of the Trail of Tears, told by a grandfather sharing the ancient culture with his young grandson. Mountain Windsong focuses on two individuals caught up in this monumental event shortly after their betrothal: Waguli is forced on the long, hard government-imposed migration, while Oconeechee manages to remain behind with a small band hiding in the mountains. Waguli struggles with the hardships he encounters on the trail and with the effort to adjust to the new life imposed upon him. Oconeechee holds onto her love for him, while her people strain to hold onto their land and their way of life. After four long years, the lovers are reunited, but the reader shares in the sadness expressed by the young boy who knows that, despite this happy ending, the tale was one of utmost sorrow. Highly recommended for public libraries.
- Debbie Bogenschutz, Cincinnati Technical Coll.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc
FROM THE BACK COVER:
"Set against the tragic events of the Cherokees' removal from their traditional lands in North Carolina to Indian Territory between 1835 and 1838, Mountain Windsong is the moving tale of Waguli ("Whippoorwill") and Oconeechee, a young Cherokee man and woman separated by the Trail of Tears. Just as they are about to be married Waguli is captured by federal soldiers and, along with thousands of other Cherokees, taken west, on foot and then by steamboat, to what is now eastern Oklahoma. Though many die along the way, Waguli survives, drowning his shame and sorrow in alcohol. Oconeechee, among the few Cherokees who remain behind, hidden in the mountains, embarks on a courageous search for Waguli. Rober Conley makes use of song, legend, and historical documents to weave the rich texture of this love story that brings to life the suffering and endurance of the cherokee people...."