Indian School Days: A Charles Bloom Murder Mystery Hardcover – January 1, 2018
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"Mark Sublette hits all the right notes in his latest Charles Bloom Murder Mystery, Indian School Days. The abhorrent treatment of a young Navajo student leads, fifty years later, to a deadly matchup with unexpected consequences." -- Jean-Paul and Rebecca Valette, authors of Navajo Weavings with Ceremonial Themes
"A fast-paced race for survival through the Navajo Nation, stolen Navajo heirlooms that must be found and a fifty-year-old secret too terrifying to tell. Sublette once more delivers." -- Mark Winter, author of The Master Weavers and owner of the Historic Toadlena Trading Post
"Indian School Days beautifully combines Navajo art and history set against a riveting and engaging mystery that gradually unfolds to the reader. This is something that only a person with Sublette's expertise and understanding could pull off. A great novel as well as a lesson in Navajo history." -- Joshua Rose, editor of Western Art Collector, American Art Collector, and Native American Art
From the Author
Indian boarding schools varied greatly for many Native Americans: some found it to be a great experience; others felt it devastated their culture and individuality. In many cases, the memories continue to be a source of angst. To my knowledge, no boarding schools stole cultural patrimony from any students, but there is no doubt that many focused on obliterating the link between the children and their tribal heritage--often through removal of cultural, religious, and language traditions.
All characters in Indian School Days--including police officers, trading post pawn people, artists, the art dealers and their galleries exist only in my mind. Both the Native Americans and references to any of their religious practices or beliefs are fictional; any relationship to real life--by name, clan, or description--is purely coincidental.
The Toadlena Trading Post, a central component of all the Bloom murder mystery books, is a real working trading post that exists as described on the Navajo Nation. This historic post specializes in Toadlena/Two Grey Hills weavings, and is well worth the effort to visit. I would like to thank its proprietor, author Mark Winter, and his wife Linda for their invaluable insights as well as for Mark's editing prowess, and thanks to the Brown family for critical insight and helping my book ring true.
No book is complete without a great cover, and I'm most appreciative to Jaime Gould for her graphic design skills. I'm also grateful for Patricia West-Barker's careful manuscript editing and thoughtful suggestions.
I have added a glossary of geographical, Navajo, medical and art terms that will hopefully make any unusual words more accessible to readers.
All the photographs of Santa Fe and the Navajo reservation were taken by me to serve as points of reference correlating to each chapter. Other images are courtesy Medicine Man Gallery. I hope the images will help the reader experience the same sense of place and moment in time I experienced when I took them.
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