Raven's Passion is a story of the coming of age of a young man and the girl who loved him in an age where ones very survival depended on their honor, their strength, and the village.
I did not know when I started writing Native American Romance that I would enjoy it as much as I do. But I struck out on the path, and what a journey it became. When I researched Cherokee culture for my Passion’s Series I was drawn in by its richness from the games, to the spirituality, and the love of nature and all creation. A good example of how even their games held a high place in their society and preparation for life is the game of stickball. Raven's Passion opens with a game of stickball. My intention was to show the reader the intensity and passion in the game as well as the intensity and passion driving the young warrior, Raven Cloud.
A major part of my research for the Passion's Series came from a book written in that time period by one of my husband’s ancestors. The game of stickball, also called “The Little War” was a favorite sport. This simple game was not simple. It brought villages together, was used to teach team cooperation, bravery, agility, and brute strength. The winners and the most accomplished players won respect and great honor. There was no such thing as “cheating”. From what I read in this old book, the game made football seem tame. If someone were injured in the game, or even killed, there would be no retaliation.
The game could last for days but when it was over there would be a celebration. A blanket would be laid on the ground. Anyone wanting to participate in the dance describing the memorable plays would deposit an offering to be given to villagers that were in need. The rewards earned by the players were comprised of honor and respect for their prowess, and experience that would aid them on the hunt and strengthen them for war. Their generous gifts to the needy endeared them to the villagers as well as bringing them honor for being providers and protectors of the people.
It was truly a time in history when ones very survival depended on their honor, their strength, and the strength of the village.
I look forward to many entries in the Giveaway for Raven's Passion.