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Code Talkers were American Indians who communicated in their native languages to fool the enemy. They helped defeat the Germans during World War 1 and the Japanese during World War 2. To my knowledge the codes were never broken. The Navajo Code Talkers are the most famous, but as the pictures indicate, many tribes helped win both wars.

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Book Review!

My publisher, Dancing Lemur Press, has asked for more reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble etc. If you have read Stone Man, please consider posting a review. It doesn’t have to be long or polished, just honest. Charles Suddeth

Stone Man and the Trail of Tears: Juvenile Fiction: Soldiers attack 12-year-old Tsatsi’s Cherokee village, his family flees to the Smokeys. Facing storms, flood, & hunger, they go where Stone Man, a monstrous giant, is rumored to live.

Print ISBN 9781939844620
EBook ISBN 9781939844637

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Bob, a soup

Bob, a soup:
Recipe: Open can, add water, microwave that dude. Crumble saltines and enjoy.

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Cherokee River Travel

They did not travel by birch bark canoe—white birches did not grow in the South. They felled hardwood trees and built 40-foot dugout canoes holding 20 men. The canoes were hollowed with fire and waterproofed with bear grease.

The family in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, used dugout canoes.


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A life well-lived


Monday, January 20, 2020 honors the 91st birthday of Martin Luther King Junior. For me, this is a day of peace and reflection.

MLK Day of Service: https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service

National Civil Rights Museum’s   King Day celebration: https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day

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Cherokees liked to gig for fish, frogs, and crawdads. (they also fished with arrows) Night gigging tournaments are still held in the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation. The characters in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, gigged for supper during their flight from soldiers.


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Grandma Pocahontas?

I found the Suddeth/Sudduth name in a database of Pocahontas/Powhatan descendants. Although this is far from certain, Suddeth is a rare name—I have found no Suddeths I am not related to.


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