Cover image — Kristamas Klousch
About the Author:
Teaching in Mexico, embers, Panhandle Texas-Native American family lore, long shelved, rattler quick, bit fast on a second class bus near Durango Mexico. Surveying dust giant devils holding court in a long arid valley, coiled memories of a conversation with a former anthropology professor, midwifed
Privileged, awarded the time and scope to complete this work, may it ease your travels as it has for me, a talisman, providing grit and determination against adversity and the legions of improbable tricks and treats lying like clever snares waiting just down the trail.
Roadman, filled with landscape, history, legend little narrated outside of the confines of historical or anthropological texts, portrays the spread of the Native American Peyote Cult well as individuals and minorities struggling with war, assimilation, forced displacement battling to retain dignity and fundamental rights under overwhelming pressure, and coercion to conform, adapt or die, all set against bitter-sweet tales of transient love, endurance, and adventure as Kuy, a Kiowa peyote priest, or roadman, crosses western badlands hunting his people´s origins from pre-revolutionary Mexico to Fort Sill Oklahoma spreading faith and hope to his scattered, isolated, desperate parishioners until a final, fated duel with a Comanche witch waits at the end of solitary quests, immaterial as a shimmering mirage or elusive dust devil glimpsed against crowding, storm flecked horizons.