"This is a beautiful, well-written 'novel' that is all too real.
"Two novels so grounded that they will resonate with familiarity for anyone who lives with the beautiful and maddening daily realities of 'Indian' life . . . two books that deal with all the issues of tragedy, psychological healing, and cultural and language revitalization that are necessary in the wake of centuries of genocidal efforts to destroy our Nations and Peoples. If all that appeals to you, then you'll love Tessa's Dance and Signal Peak." -Steven Newcomb, Indian Country Today
"Reading Tessa's Dance blurs the line between dreamtime and what is known as realtime. Tessa makes the dream become real in each moment with each line of the book." -Eduardo Duran, PhD, author of Healing the Soul Wound, Buddha in Red Face, and Native American Post-Colonial Psychology
"Remarkable and enthralling . . . This deserves to be read by everyone in this country!" -Paula Caplan, Ph.D., author of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home and They Say You're Crazy
I enjoyed it immensely on so many levels." -Gina Nikkel, Ph.D., President & CEO, Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care "Depicts much of reality on all reservations
and the life we have come to know and the things we battle with from day to day." -Margaret Strong, Puyallup/Yakama "An amazing job of describing (really accurately) the stupidity of the system
allegedly designed to help the native population . . . and then the book turns into a real, honest-to-God thriller- a book you can't put down until the last line." -Anthony Stanton, MD, Consulting Psychiatrist, Suquamish Tribe
About the Author
'Tessa's Dance,' Volume I in the Medicine Valley Series, is the first of David Edward Walker's novels, and garnered a Bronze Medal from the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Multicultural/Young Adult Fiction. 'Signal Peak', Volume II in the series, was released in November, 2013, took a Bronze Medal in Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards and is a Finalist in the Nancy Pearl Literary Awards sponsored by Pacific Northwest Writers Association. David grew up in the Detroit area, working as a cab driver, record store clerk, and order taker in a flavor factory. He earned a doctorate degree at University of Detroit in 1992 and is a licensed psychologist. In 2000, David moved with his family to central Washington to work with the Indian Health Service. He continues to consult with the 14 Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. David is also a poet and singer-songwriter. In the 1990s, he toured under the pseudonym 'David Folks,' releasing two CDs, 'Roadside Park' and 'Refusing to View', and garnering college airplay across the U.S.. He worked with the Dreamcatchers arts project to benefit Native American causes, and shared the stage with such luminaries as Rodney Crowell, Richie Havens, and Richard Shindell. His songs "draw his audience into a warm space of feeling and introspection, which he supports with elegant moral ambition," according to 'Music Hound Guide to Folk Music'. He released a third CD, the Bahá'i-inspired disc, 'Summoning the Possible, in 2010 under the pseudonym 'David Folks Walker.' David claims his 'mixed-blood' Missouri Cherokee heritage through Barlow, Gibson, and Alexander families. He currently lives with his family in the International District of Seattle. You can visit his external website at tessasdance.com.