History – Mystery – Culture –
Treasure – A Circle as it was in the 1700’s.
Leigh Ann Butler, Dawn Lightfoot and Lady Victoria Maclerie
each thought they were the only deaf members of their families. Kateri
Cael did not know anything of her biological parents or her heritage
until the reading of Sir Malcolm’s last will and testament. What
will unfold and who will Sir Malcolm’s Legacy touch in THE
CASE OF MOCCASINS AND OLD PAPERS? Come join the investigators and
discover secrets long buried and treasure of the past and present in
From Chapter One
Darkness clothed the new day in secrecy until the first
color of the sun appeared over the mountain. Dawn woke up thinking
about the beauty of her birth state, Arizona. She envisioned the changing
colors of the mountains during the day, the shades of the cactus with
the prickly pear fruit, the scent of the desert after a rainstorm
and the animals that roamed the desert. She thought of the stories
she had heard about the Native American way of life, kept alive in
the oral tradition of storytelling, and in her Navajo culture classes.
The rhythm of the drums blended with the Navajo dancers
moving in harmony: drums, voices and bodies. Dawn Lightfoot waited
with her group to perform the shawl dance at the annual Intertribal
She watched the dancers and reflected on her life as
a dancer: I began dancing at the age of three at my sister’s
side. I passed through the difficult stages of performing, as well
as learning to use my hearing aids and eyes to pick up the cues surrounding
me like vibrations to alert me to the beat of the drums. I combined
my native language, mannerisms, the spirituality of my culture, and
the process of understanding my deafness in the Navajo and Anglo world
as I grew. I worked at perfecting my footwork and quieting my fear
of dancing in front of an audience. Today, I feel honored that my
sister, Marilyn, delayed her return to college to assist me with my
speech, as I was competing for the title of Intertribal Princess.
The tribal elders had provided an interpreter for me for the three
days, and Lady Victoria, my new cousin had sent flowers for the pageant.
This is a new era. I am Dawn Lightfoot, descended from royalty, Native
American and Celtic. I am the new generation of the Diñe, blending
the traditions of my heritage with the traditions of the Anglo society.
I will always be who I am—Navajo American with Celtic roots.
Review of Catherine Pauls previous book and companion
to this volume
WATERVIEW MANOR mixes a touch of the metaphysical
with history to create a fine group of likable protagonists who set
out to solve the riddle of the “circle as it was.” ARIZONA
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