Return of the Bones


Inspired by a True Story!

An ancient shaman and his granddaughter travel to Harvard to pick up 2,047 skeletons that were stolen from the ruins of their family pueblo. She wants their time together to heal their broken hearts. He hopes the road trip will make her appreciate family. He fashions a dream catcher which sometimes hurls Hollow-Woman into the past to experience her ancestors.

Did you know that there are still about a million Native American bones at museums, still waiting to be identified and repatriated for sacred reburials? 

Did you know that President George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, dug up Geronimo’s grave and stole his skull to be used as initiation into the Skull and Bones Society at Yale? 

The desecration of the Pecos graves was the beginning of American archaeology. You may know these bones. The Pecos skeletons were the research subjects for, among others, the landmark study which proves exercise prevents osteoporosis. This historical book tells the story of an extinct, indigenous people who contributed so much to mankind. Return of the Bones is based on a part of Native American history few are familiar with.


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