Margaret Coel's skillful depiction of a historic fact conjured alive as fiction in WIFE OF MOON makes for a page-turner. Set on the Wyoming Wind River Reservation, Coel's novel is rich in Arapaho culture, language and lore. Her word paintings of Arapaho people, both past and present, bring them alive with artistic reality.
In 1907, when the Arapahos had moved from small tipi villages to the larger reservation, Edward S. Curtis arrives to photograph warriors raiding the peaceful settlement. He has to stage the event because the families no longer live in tipis of former days. Three warriors, dressed in full battle regalia, ride down a steep slope into the village an