Liz Martinez, who lives in the Tri-Lakes area, contributed to the book Sioux Pride, the fourth in a series of novels about Native Americans in the 19th century. Photo contributed
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Tri-Lakes womanâ€™s foray into Native American research has led to her joining up with a professional author for a book series.
Liz Martinez began her research approximately 20 years ago. She studied remedies used by Native cultures that would cure a variety of maladies.
Through this research, she became connected online with Karen D. Musson. Musson lives in southern Missouri and began writing a book series 10 years ago about 19th-century Native American life, particularly the Lakota Tribe.
The series has four books in it, and the titles are based on a character named Prairie Dawn.
The fourth title, Sioux Pride, features a character based on Martinez known as Medicine Moon.
The friendship and collaboration between Martinez and Musson has reached a point where Martinez will now be a co-author for the subsequent books in the series.
â€śWe are so close in our thinking,â€ť Martinez said.
Musson agreed the two have formed a special bond.
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