Coyote Woman

Coyote Woman

by Judith Redman Robbins

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Overview

Shawanadese was the name bestowed on her when she was born into the prehistoric Anasazi tribe. Her fate seemed much like that of any other young girl until her magical powers began to erupt at the dawning of womanhood. It was then that a sacred name--Coyote Woman--was granted to her, a name that would come to identify her as a high priestess and draw the lustful and the faithful to her side. No one could have imagined the mystical charms of the high priestess, and nobody could have expected the force of attraction that would draw many men into her life. Shawanadese ignited a passion within the Mayan prince, the fiery rebel and the young warrior, and she engages in an epic struggle to defeat the sinister ways of man while maintaining her authority as the high priestess in the canyon of Chaco. 

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ISBN-13: 9781497623675
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 687,742
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Born in 1941, Judith Redman Robbins, then Judith Redman Breme, was raised in Dover, Delaware, except for summers, which she spent in southern Delaware in Rehoboth Beach. She attended the University of Delaware on scholarship, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education, majoring in voice. She is also an honorary graduate of the Settlement School of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She went on to earn her bachelor’s plus thirty in special education. Her first marriage produced two wonderful boys, David and Jonathan; the older of the two owns and runs his own successful business in Florida, and the younger writes, sings, and arranges music for the Discovery Channel.
 
Robbins’s hobbies include all aspects of music: singing, dancing, and playing the keyboard. She also enjoys gardening, walking, researching, and an educational, historical, or prehistorical book. During the last twenty years, she has traveled extensively, both in the United States and abroad. In 1986, an Indian Holy Man advised her to go to Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico. When she visited, she had a feeling of déjà vu, which resulted in the inspiration to write her first three novels in that location. She spent the new two summers backpacking into remote places to locate Anasazi ruins, interviewing archaeologists, and doing on-site archaeological digging. She also spent time with the Hopi and Navaho Indians, taking part in some of their ceremonies.

After twenty-nine years of teaching music and only a month before retirement, having been informed by Richard Curtis Associates that she had a publisher, she turned to writing with a passion. Coyote Woman, her first novel, was closely followed by her second, Sun Priestess, both taking place from 1054 to 1064 CE. In December 2000, her third novel, Moon Fire, was released. Judith is now working on her fourth novel, which takes place in Crystal River, Florida, in the year 1000 CE.

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Prologue

He stood on the butte observing the vast arid, untamed land, which was the center of his universe. He and his people, the Anasazi, considered themselves an integral part of nature. Viewing the six building complexes from the top of this sacred butte, he felt a surge of pride and more than that, a love for his people.

His name was Taweyah. He had been the founder of the holy school, which housed and educated any young people who desired more than an agricultural life. He had been the sun priest for the center of his culture for many season cycles, and was revered by his people.

On the evening of his birth, a star had appeared in the sky, a star half the size of the moon. Some of his people had been awed, and many had been frightened at the appearance of such a spectacular phenomenon. It was then that his mother had noticed his birthmark. On his inner thigh was a white star that offered a startling contrast to his light brown skin. The people knew then that he was destined for greatness.

During the time since the appearance of the "Great Star," many of his people had left their subterranean pit houses and replaced the old style homes with houses made of stone. It was a period of enlightenment. The six complexes of the cultural center were connected with roads that gradually connected many outlier stone dwellings. Ritual and ceremony provided meaning and solidarity to all.

Remembering these great changes, Taweyah prostrated himself on the living breathing stone. To Awonawilona, the creator and giver of life he prayed.

My words are as one

With the mountains, rocks, and trees,

One with my body

One with my heart.

All the Gods assistme

With supernatural power,

Day! Night! The Universe

All see me,

As one with this world.

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Coyote Woman 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is about the life of an Anasazi girl who progresses from student to high priestess in the ancient Chaco Canyon ceremonial center. The author has obviously done her homework, fleshing out some of the aspects of life and religious practices of the Chaco culture based on current archaeological findings and speculation. For example, Coyote Woman, a keen observer, begins to associate soil erosion with the cutting of trees for building and firewood. Scientists believe that depletion of local resources coupled with erosion caused by the removal of vegetation and an extended period of severe drought may have been the primary contributing factors to the abandonment of the vast Chaco Canyon complex. Unfortunately, to me, the author's recurrent graphic descriptions of sexual encounters, beginning at puberty, between Coyote Woman and her much older mentor and lover, Nish't Ahote, the Sun Priest, detracted from the story and made it less appealing. The relationship between Coyote Woman and Nish't Ahote was complex, involving much more than sex, and the sexual emphasis somehow cheapened it. I assume, for convenience, the author had the characters refer to themselves and their language as "Anasazi." It should be noted, however, that the term "Anasazi," meaning "ancient enemy," was coined by the Navajo who discovered the ruins of the Chaco and other contemporary ancient cultures in the area long after they had disappeared. There is a sequel to Coyote Woman, but I have decided to pass it up because of my experience with this one.
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