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Ho-Chunk Author, Spencer G. Lone Tree to Speak at Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument

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In celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month, Effigy Mounds will host author Spencer G. Lone Tree on Saturday, December 10, 2005. Beginning at 2:00 p.m., this unique opportunity will include a presentation in the visitor center auditorium followed by a book signing of Night Sun and the Seven Directions. Mr. Lone Tree will discuss the book as well as the history, culture, and practices of the Ho-Chunk people, including the sacred pipe and tobacco ceremonies and uses of sage, sweetgrass, and cedar. This historical novel is an educational experience you don?t want to miss. Each November is designated as National American Indian Heritage Month; however, every month is American Indian Heritage Month at Effigy Mounds!
Spencer G. Lone Tree is a full blood (4/4) enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, formerly called the Winnebago Nation, and is a direct descendant of Chief John Winneshiek and Chief Waukon Decorah. Originally of Wisconsin, Lone Tree now lives in Postville, Iowa and is currently writing the next book to follow Night Sun and the Seven Directions.
Night Sun and the Seven Directions is ?a dynamic story that is the first of a four part collection featuring a brave and fascinating Native hero. This novel draws on the history of S.G. Lone Tree?s powerful Ho-Chunk heritage. The Author is just as compelling a reason to read the book as is the actual story.? - News From Indian Country. This work of historical fiction is steeped in the history of the Ho-Chunk people and actual events and place settings in which they happened. The Yellow River within Effigy Mounds National Monument, which he says is ?nezebah? in Ho-Chunk, is rich in the history of the Ho-Chunk and the struggles they have witnessed, and is an integral part of his book Night Sun and the Seven Directions. The book follows the life of a young Ho-Chunk boy growing up in the 1840?s along the Yellow River in Northeast Iowa and learning the ways of his people.
The second book planned in this series will detail leaving this area of the Yellow River, as his people were forced to years ago, and their travel north into Minnesota from here. Before he begins writing this literary journey north, Mr. Lone Tree plans to finish this initial leg of the journey by honoring the river and the memory of his people with a sacred pipe ceremony amongst the bluffs within this sacred place protected by the monument.
Effigy Mounds National Monument preserves prehistoric American Indian burial and ceremonial mounds, including some in the shape of animals. The park is located 3 miles north of Marquette, Iowa, on Highway 76. Call (563) 873-3491 or visit the park's website at


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