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Bestselling Thermopolis, Wyo., authors and archaeologists Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear continue their tales about the first Iroquois confederacy and heroes in its founding in “The Dawn Country” (Forge Books).

The second book in the “People of the Longhouse” series, the story looks at Dekanawida the Peacemaker, a key figure in Iroquois and U.S. history. The book is set between 1430 and 1451 as five Iroquois tribes are embroiled in a war that eventually results in their alliance.

The book opens with Young Wrass and other children held captive in an evil witch-woman’s camp. Wrass realizes that he must organize the other children to battle for freedom or they risk being sold to outcast warriors. Meanwhile female war chief Koracoo and others are searching for the children.

Kathleen is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska for the Interior Department. And Michael is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

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