Kicks-Like-Fawn, a Latgawa woman, is a fictional character. She lives from 1827 to 1856 in what is now the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.
Kicks-Like didn’t set out to illuminate the events that resulted in the near (but not actual!) extinction of the Latgawa people. She only wanted to tell her story. And I want to help her.
Why me? I’m not Latgawa, not Native American. My family has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1888, but our roots dig into the prehistory of Northern Europe. Witches, trolls, faeries, elves are in my bloodstock.
Those beings have nothing to do with the Rogue Valley’s mountains and rivers. Who then are the spirits of this land? What are the ancient stories that shaped meaning from this land? I set out to learn and to make visible what was hidden in research.
Embracing oral narrative, oral stylistic conventions, and cultural context in written form, the novel, Kicks-Like-Fawn, braids isolated stories, vocabulary words, historical events, and cultural contexts into a narrative, a story, that shadows how a woman’s life might have been.
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