Thousands of years ago, small hunting bands crossed the fragile land bridge linking the Eurasian continent to the Americas and discovered a land untouched by humankind Over the centuries that followed, their descendents spread throughout this land Bestselling authors and awardwinning archaeologists W Michael Gear and Kathleen O?Neal Gear bring the stories of these first North Americans to life in this magnificent, multivolume saga Set five thousand years ago and ranging through what is now Montana, Wyoming, northern Colorado, and Utah, People of the Earth follows the migration of the UtoAztecan people south out of Canada It is the unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two peoples and two dreams, of the two men who love her and the third who must have her, and of the vision given to the peoples long ago by the spirit of the wolf

10 thoughts on “People of the Earth

  1. Melissa Melissa says:

    The First North Americans series is a prehistoric fiction series written by the husband/wife team of Michael & Kathleen Gear. People of the Earth is the third book in that series, and actually the best one I've read out of the first three.

    White Ash was kidnapped as a child from the Earth people by a man of the Sun people. Which was actually ok with her. Her adoptive parents were much nicer than her original family. But hostile tribes are attacking the Sun people now and they are being forced to fight or move South. White Ash also has to deal with the strange dreams she's been having and the unwanted attentions of a man who claims he's been to the camp of the dead. And her only help is in an unlikely, mild mannered man with only one good arm.

    Both White Ash and Bad Belly are great characters. They aren't perfect, or even overly strong. They are regular people who have been called out to do something special. Bad Belly especially is inspiring. I like how humble he is and that he has tranquility despite being made fun of. White Ash isn't quite as humble, in fact she's a little neurotic, but she still is much more human than some of the other almost perfect characters in the previous books have been.

    This whole book is about struggle. Whether it's with inner demons, other tribes, disabilities, and everything else, someone is having a struggle. And the goal is to overcome that. There was a lot of mystical lore and activity going on in this book as well. And I'm still not sure how I feel about that. I know I'd probably prefer a book that's just about the lives of these people during the time period without the magic, but at least it is used to tell a good story. Like the other books, this one does have violence, rape, and other harsh topics.

    Definitely the better book out of the first three. They still aren't edge of your seat fantastic, but they're interesting reading. On to book four!

    People of the Earth
    Copyright 1992
    587 pages

    Review by M. Reynard 2013

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  2. Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk says:

    Once again we are taken back through time, to another era of climate change and the movement of whole peoples across the land. The life and death struggle to survive is always the focal point of the First Americans series. Once again Power forges a leader to lead the people along the path to new lands and a new life. If there is a degree of predictability in the First Americans series then it is easy to forgive. We are drawn into the struggle of a people who are tied to the land but are also constantly struggling to survive. War is not uncommon and the tribes have their great warriors and their disastrous defeats. We are drawn into the tale as we watch ordinary people live in peace among their own but then, through the forces unleashed, prove to be more than ordinary. It takes a strong leader to bind them together and to lead them with vision. As tribes move south, away from starving lands to more fertile grounds, like a set of dominoes being knocked over, change becomes the way forward.
    I enjoyed this tale but am a little wary, as always, of the spirit world that is also conjured up. Our true heroes become like Shaolin monks, meditating and losing themselves in the One... and at times what is such an earthy tale, with its love for the land and those that live upon it, loses itself in fantasy.

  3. Julie Julie says:

    This novel, based on the archeology of authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear as well as others, explores the mythology and relationships between native peoples living 5000 years ago in what is now Montana and Wyoming. I was thoroughly engrossed. Character driven novels enthrall me.

  4. Margaret Curry Margaret Curry says:

    Sometimes difficult to follow with all the talk of Power and the One, this is still a series I really enjoy. You learn a lot about the early peoples who inhabited our world, and so many interesting characters are introduced.

  5. Chris Meads Chris Meads says:

    This is 3rd in the series of North America's Forgotten Past.

    The story starts out in the present when a company's bulldozer unearths a skeleton. They decide to hide it because of the ramifications of what it would mean--the shut down of their project and a bunch of dirt diggers taking over.

    The past starts with the Earth People who live in the earth, their homes are made of dirt and they collect plants as well as kill game to live on. One little girl seems to be shun by the rest--she dreams. White Ash is told to get water and that is when she is take captive by Sage Ghost-he has dreamed of taking a child since all his children have died.

    White Ash has learned the ways of the White Clay and feels love for Brave Man. But something happens to Brave Man--he claims to have run from the Camp of the Dead and now has Power.

    Bad Belly is from Round Rock clan and is also not in favor of the group. He only has one good arm and the other is maimed. When his best friend begins to die, his friend tells Bad Belly to search for the dreamer. So Bad Belly leaves and finds White Ash who is the dreamer.

    This is the story of the battle between Brave Man and White Ash to bring the new life through the Spiral.

    I like reading the history of primitive man especially around the Wyoming and Colorado area.

  6. Carol Storm Carol Storm says:

    An unforgettable gallery of characters makes this ancient saga of North American Indians come alive.

    The year is 5000 B.C. Somewhere in the West, ancient Indian tribes are battline for supremacy, lead by competing Soul Fliers or shamans, each with a radically different vision for the ages yet to come in North America.

    BRAVE MAN -- the power-mad psychopath, whose twisted Vision leads him to kill and rape while dreaming uncanny prophecies of the untold might of the Aztec Empire!

    WHITE ASH -- the mother of the people, a vulnerable young woman who was kidnaped as a child, raped repeatedly by enemy warriors, yet nevertheless has the compassion and love for all living things needed to Dream a new way for all the people.

    BAD BELLY -- the lovable, crippled misfit who leaves his home village with his dog Trouble, seeking only a way to belong. Instead he discovers danger, terror, and enduring love beyond his wildest dreams.

    WIND RUNNER -- the warrior with a heart of gold, he leaves his clan to make a place among strange tribes, only to face a heart-breaking choice between love and honor.

    All of the books in the People series are unique and different. This one is special because it is the most mystical of the books. All the stories mention Power, the creative force that shapes all living things and is the source of both good and evil. But in this book Power is actually the main character, and all of the action is defined in terms of concepts like the Spiral and the One.

    This was a great book, and I would recommend it to any one who is interested in Native Americans, spiritual quests, underdog heroes, or nature. The brutal rape scenes and the graphic violence make it less appropriate for younger readers, however.

  7. Elfdart Elfdart says:

    i’ve read a few books in this series and i’d have to say that this one’s my favourites. I liked the perspectives from which the authors presented their characters. it was a kind of pensive, but not seriously so… meaning that there are little tidbits to think over every now and again but these tidbits are by no means the focus of the book, more a backdrop to the story, and they don’t really inspire any intense thought, just more of a lazy sunday afternoon pondering kind of thought. if that makes sense.
    i thought the story was well put together. there are several plot lines going on at once, which i enjoy because it gets the mind going a bit, but they all tie in to the overall story which is always nice. i liked the character bad belly. he was a reserved kind of guy, not for timidity but kind of for oddness. i thought him and whatever her name was made an ok couple. She could’ve been stronger, which bugged me at times. i read this a while back so i can’t give any examples but i do recall that i wanted her to be stronger at times. though this is so, she wasn’t exactly weak. she had an inner strength, it just wasn’t as powerful when confronting other people. This was a minor detail though. the plot and characters were well done and the story had a nice flow to it.
    overall, worth picking up i’d say.

  8. Eric Leeson Eric Leeson says:

    Each novel has shown a pivotal point in the development of North American societies and provided an important glimpse of what life was life during these periods. Hundreds or thousands of years have passed between each novel, but memories are long, and the histories are passed from one generation to the next; with a few differences between peoples. The 1st novel described the arrival of humans to the continent, the second, the realization that humans can survive off plants just as well as animals and this novel deals with the which vision of the future will be realized and the separation of groups that are the ancestors of the Mayan, Aztec and Incan civilizations and those that stayed in North America. At times brutal, this book had plenty of excitement, along with a great deal of insight into the importance of Dreams to all, and how an injured mind can twist such power to develop a dangerous and brutal cult of personality. Good books, you just have to have some imagination along with an open mind to absorb and understand the cultures.

  9. J.M. Northup J.M. Northup says:

    A Richer Look Into Our Past!
    One of the things that I love about this book series is that it is both educational and highly entertaining. It has a depth that allows the authors to bring history to life, allowing modern man to relate to their ancestors from long ago.
    The complex characters represent all aspects of the human psyche. They show the good, the bad, and the ugly. Still, my favorite thing about them is that it doesn't matter if they are male or female, visually handsome or somehow broken; it's about the heart of the person. Of course, it was nice to have a female heroine - girl power! LOL Still, it was nice to see that it was the love of an unexpected soul that helped to keep the Dreamer grounded!
    Though each book in this series can be read as a stand alone or even out of sequence, I love how each book enriches the next. I enjoyed seeing a deeper view of my Native American ancestors and how early man survived in the untamed world of North America. Excellent story!

  10. Beth Beth says:

    This is the sixth book by W. Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear that I've read and the third in the First American's Series. This book did not disappoint me. The Gears story of the early American Indian includes their culture, religious beliefs, food, cooking, and daily life interwoven with a cast of characters and adventure. Each book in the series could stand alone but the underlying theme of respect and reverence for nature threads through out the series. These books show the American Indian as a member of a complex culture with complex beliefs not as Indians are often shown on television. I throughly enjoyed the story and the education