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The Shaman's Game by James D. Doss
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Jul 04, 09

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Read in July, 2009

I love James Doss's use of language, how he describes the landscape of southern Colorado, and Ute culture. This book may move too slowly for some, but I was thoroughly engrossed from the beginning. The book is about witchcraft, Ute style, as well as some Christian themes, and about Ute belief systems. The story surrounds the Sun Dance as performed in several locations, with Ute, Paiute, and Shoshone participants. During "dancing thirsty" the quest is for a vision, after several days in the southwest heat. However, dancers begin dying, maybe from natural causes, maybe from witchcraft. Charlie Moon, the 6'8" officer of the Ute Tribal Police force is the prime investigator, with the help of his friend Scott Parris, and his aunt, the elderly Ute Shaman Daisy Perika. I will keep reading this series.

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