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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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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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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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Yes, Cherokees used a blowgun, Duquesdv ᏚᏇᏍᏛ, made from rivercane—about 6 feet long. Children used it to kill small game. The dart, Diyosdi ᏗᏲᏍᏗ, is hardwood with thistle fletching—about 18 inches long. Nowadays they are used in competitions—shooting at targets about 60 feet away. Chucha, the boy in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, uses one.


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Inspired by my great-great grandfather, Bill Pennington, who was born in 1830. During the 1838 Trail of Tears, he and his family fled from their Cherokee village and settled in a rural area a few miles north of Charlestown, Indiana.

After U.S. soldiers attack twelve-year-old Tsatsi’s Cherokee village, his family flees to the Smokey Mountains. Facing storms, flood, and hunger, they’re forced to go where Stone Man, a monstrous giant, is rumored to live. Their journey is a dangerous one. Will Tsatsi find the strength to become a Cherokee warrior? And will they ever find their family again?

Juvenile Fiction: Boys & Men -Legends, Myths, Fables-Native American – Historical-United States-General
Print ISBN 9781939844620
EBook ISBN 9781939844637
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Chunkey was THE game back in Mound Builder times. Players hurl hickory spears with wooden points at a rolling 6-inch stone chunkey disc. The players whose spear lands closest to where the disc stops gets 1 point, 2 points if touching the disc. Chunkey fields are about 100 feet long.

The Cherokees in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, played this game.

300px-Catlin_Tchung-kee,_a_Mandan_Game_Played_with_a_Ring_and_Pole_01Chunkychunkey 4Cherokee Indian Chunkey Game Disk Stone


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Dates back to the Mound Builders. This is for adults (and older children) once using stone balls, nowadays using billiard balls. The court is 100 feet long with 5 holes in the shape of an L. Played among the Oklahoma Cherokee.

Weirdly enough, Roley Hole Marbles is played by adults in Monroe County, KY and nearby Clay County, TN. Coincidence? Cherokees live in the area.

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