Delighted to welcome Paul Edmondson to the Cafe and Bookstore with his books. Today I am featuring his recent release Great Spirit of Yosemite: The Story of Chief Tenaya
About the book
Now in his old age, Chief Tenaya’s life and the lives in his tribe are changed forever…
In the Mariposa Indian War of 1850/51, the venerable Chief Tenaya is catapulted into leading his people into conflict against white man’s plunder of their land and culture during the California Gold Rush. His story is a tale of family love, death, tribal lore and spirituality, all of it torn apart by a lust for gold. In Chief Tenaya’s world, the pillages of war are set against the backdrop of daily rhythms of Indian life in the familiar landscape of Yosemite.
Through the interweaving of historical events with imagined and gripping storytelling, Great Spirit of Yosemite chronicles the extraordinary true struggle of the original inhabitants of Yosemite Valley, their determination to cling on to their heritage, and their ultimate sacrifices.
One of the early reviews for the book
Spirits Never Die… A Review of Paul Edmondson’s “Great Spirit of Yosemite; The Story of Chief Tenaya” by Vincent J. Tomeo, novelist, poet, historian
Mr. Tomeo did not know this story. Paul Edmondson takes one backstage behind the curtained valleys, mountains, streams, stunning, natural backdrop, and beauty of Yosemite National Park, and narrates a saga of Chief Tenaya’s last stand against all the odds. The untold story is a struggle expressed in prose, poetry, and photography. Against such an extraordinary landscape, one learns of the suffering and struggle of the native people.
This epic narrative journey tells us of the very fabric of this valley, and like a river, the natives flowed. Their past is always with us as it proceeds like a river and never ends. The river is a road, a ceremonial refuge of millennial people who only wanted to live in their land, off the land, on the land, from the land in harmony and peace.
Gold, greed, pandemic, violence, war, and desolation would end all that. Although this indigenous group forcibly removed from this valley, their spirit will live.
The photographs are stunning, spectacular, and astonishing, and the poetry is absorbing. One will not be disappointed.
One will feel in their mind and soul for these noble people, long after one reads and places this stunning book on a shelf. Take this journey, empathize and long for justice overdue.
Head over to buy the book: Amazon US
And: Amazon UK
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About Paul Edmondson
Paul Edmondson was born in Salford, England and now lives in Waterford, Ireland. He has retired, enabling him to pursue his passions of writing and photography.
He is a founding member of the Waterford Writers group and his poems have appeared in an anthology of Waterford Writers, in Déise Voices, regional newspapers and magazines. His photographic works have appeared on national television, national and regional newspapers.
He has presented his work at public forums, including open mic sessions and at charitable events.
Having travelled to every continent through his working life, it was visiting Yosemite National Park and surrounding areas for pleasure that gave him the inspiration and motivation to study the history of the park and its indigenous populations, leading to the writing of Great Spirit of Yosemite: The Story of Chief Tenaya.
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Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news about Paul’s books.. thanks Sally.