Rising holds a mirror up to the soul of a nation, forcing us to look at the dark truth of our
past. Told in a beautifully descriptive and visual style, this gripping epic chronicles the fate of William
Drummond and his family and friends on an incredible odyssey during the forced removal of the Cherokees from
their beloved homeland in 1838-39.
Rising peels back the superficial fabrication that Americans have been spoon fed from our youth
about this country's history and its so-called heroes.
It is, of course, impractical at this stage to restore a
continent to its original inhabitants -- or to their descendants. It is impossible to resurrect the victims of a
genocide perpetrated in the name of civilization -- indeed, in the very name of
But we can confront the skeletons in our national closet and
examine them honestly, for only by embracing these truths can a collective healing and forgiveness begin to
Woven throughout this
unforgettable tale of tragedy and tribulation, you will discover the humor and the passion, the love and the
hatred, the strengths and weaknesses of a noble people. River Risingwill penetrate to
the core of your being, if there is a shred of humanity within you.
From the remarkable
transformation of the self-absorbed, anti-Indian debutante, Susanna Drummond, who ultimately becomes 'U-ni-tsi
Wa-ya' (mother wolf), to the amazing courage of her brother, Michael, forced to execute his best friend, the
brother of the woman he loves...you will be drawn into a riveting story that will stay with you throughout the
(ISBN: 0-9663853-0-6 / 800
10 illustrations / Wohali Press, 1998)
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