The Executions (Choctaw Tribune Series, Book One)
Who would show up for their own execution?
It’s 1892, Indian Territory. A war is brewing in the Choctaw Nation as two political parties fight out issues of old and new ways. Caught in the middle is eighteen-year-old Ruth Ann, a Choctaw who doesn’t want to see her family killed.
Touch My Tears: Tales from the Trail of Tears
In 1830, a treaty was signed. In 1830, hearts broke. Tears fell on the long journey for twenty thousand. The Choctaw Nation was forced to leave their homelands to preserve their people. But they could not save them all.
“Protect the book as you do our seed corn. We must have both to survive.”
The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek changed everything. The Choctaw Nation could no longer remain in their ancient homelands.
Young Tushpa, his family, and their small band embark on a trail of life and death. More death than life lay ahead.
Third Side of the Coin
Heart pounding, heart wrenching, heart tugging—raw and realistic. But these short stories, and many more, show a third side of the coin.
Sarah elisabeth sawyer
The stories I write show struggle and heartache. Nothing’s wrapped in a pretty package tied with platitudes of living happily ever after. That’s not reality. But just as there’s despair, there’s hope through Jesus Christ.
Seeing the book (Touch My Tears) we worked diligently on with nine other Choctaw authors being well received by native and non-natives alike is heartening. As a Choctaw, I want to tell the stories of hurts in the past and present but always give the hope. How else can we heal?
In 2012, I was accepted into the National Museum of the American Indian Artist Leadership program. In 2015, I joined the First Peoples Fund family through the Artist in Business Leadership program, and released my first novel in the Choctaw Tribune series.
God knows where these adventures will lead. He’s such an amazing author…I can’t wait to turn the page each day to see what He has next for my life.
In March 2013, I led a workshop for Choctaw writers. It equipped advanced and beginners alike with knowledge and resources to write a Choctaw Removal story in fiction form, based on family histories. Why is this important? Because each year, these stories are lost with the passing of our elders. […]
How do you preserve history, culture, and values for generations when there is no written language? Through story. Storytelling is an old tradition for Choctaws as it is with many cultures throughout the world. Our ancestors knew the lives they lived and the lessons they learned were important enough to pass on. They did this by telling stories regularly to their children and grandchildren, who in turn matured and passed those stories, as well as their own, to the next generation.
But a time came when these stories began to be forgotten. In boarding school, children were forbidden to tell them in their native language. They became the elders, and concealed the stories of their lives. It became a shameful thing to be Choctaw, and stories of life’s lessons were deemed foolish things for the civilized. […]
I get chills when I recall the trip, wishing I could live it over again, appreciate it more. The experience was surreal, like an outer body event. I still pinch myself when looking at the pictures to make sure I’m awake, reliving real memories and not just a dream. […]
Governor Pontius Pilate, his wife, and a celebrated Roman centurion are entangled in a journey none of them dreamed of making. But they are set on a journey to encounter a Man who will change them forever. This novel explores the events leading to the final days of Jesus Christ from the perspective of people[…]