Natishma, Shaman of the Chesapeakes, Friend of the Roanoke Colony author Richard Proescher discussed his thoughts on the Lost Colony’s time in Hampton Roads with the Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Chesapeake Public Library.
Specifically, Proescher shared his thoughts about the Lost Colony’s time here in Hampton Roads during the winter of 1585-86. Earlier in the day, Proescher had shared his comments with our entire area, by appearing in the Opinion section of The Virginian-Pilot.
To read his opinion, as it appeared in the paper, RichardProescher–OpEdSept13.
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I just finished reading “Natishma”, and found it to be a very well researched and engrossing historical novel. Richard Proescher is known to me through his poetry writing. I believe his work as a poet enriches his language and emotional connection to the characters and the natural environment. The story of those first crucial years when Native Americans and Europeans encountered each other’s very different world and spiritual views is expertly told. Using real as well as fictional figures and specific knowledge of daily life for both groups pulls the reader back through time. It left me wondering: “What would have happened if things had gone differently?” Yes, this is a work of fiction, but the tale is so relevant today. Richard Proescher’s novel reminds us that it is not too late to reconnect with each other, the earth, and something greater to which all living things belong.
Beautifully written, Natishma, Shaman of the Chesapeakes, Friend of the Roanoke Colony, will magically transport you to a different time and place. Amid a historically accurate background, you will live with and learn about the rich culture of the Chesapeake Indians. Natishma will teach you a reverence for nature and guide you into the spirit world of his forefathers. Richard Proescher’s novel will take you on a remarkable, unforgettable journey.
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What if the Roanoke Colonists survived, living on or near the Elizabeth River in Southeastern Virginia?
What if an unlikely Indian boy, chosen to be a shaman, dares to help his own tribe and their future by accepting these strange new people?
In Natishma, Shaman of the Chesapeakes, Friend of the Roanoke Colony, these question are answered and a world of a Native American culture is revealed at the time of first contact with the English people.
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