The Sacred Path of Tears
By M.B. Tosi
The Sacred Path of Tears by M.B. Tosi is the story of a young Cheyenne girl named Mokee who at age fifteen is already afraid of war when she ends up witnessing the Sand Creek Massacre while in the company of her best friend, a young Cheyenne warrior named Tovee. Mokee and Tovee spread the word to all the Cheyenne camped in the region to flee because the soldiers are coming. After days of travel spreading the word, Mokee and Tovee flee eventually finding shelter after in a farmer’s barn. However they fail to awaken in time to leave before the barns owners come to do their chores.
Trapped by the owners of the barn and facing a gun young Mokee uses body language and the few words of English she knows to convey the concept that they are not a threat. Eventually the stand-off is ended when the woman who owns the farm decides to shelter Tovee and Mokee from what is going on. Tovee leaves after just a few days to join the Cheyenne warriors and seek revenge for the Sand Creek Massacre. Mokee, whose skin is lighter and who could pass as a white woman, stays behind.
The owner of the farm, a good Christian woman, takes Mokee under her wing and teaches her English, how to read and about God. A lot of things happen to Mokee and to Tovee, the boy she thought she loved and would always be with. The experiences each go through changes them in ways good and bad. There are many factual historical references in this work of fiction that helps give it a ring of authenticity.
Overall I enjoyed The Sacred Path of Tears. The characters are lifelike and multidimensional. The storyline is interesting and well developed. The only thing I had an issue with was the fact that Mokee fell instantly in love with all things white and completely transformed with no apparent inner struggle between the two cultures. Other than this I enjoyed the story and I would definitely recommend it.