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"Save the Good Seed"

                     by Monty Joynes

 
August “Ray” Rey was adopted as an infant from a Pueblo reservation by Anglo college professors and raised in their North Carolina culture. When Ray’s adoptive mother dies, he learns, at the age of 44, of his Pueblo ancestry and begins to explore his Indianness. His walk between the two cultures as a Lost Bird has been painful and lonely; and although he is a first-class Ford dealership mechanic and an Army veteran, he lives confused and alone with his dogs on a remote mountain farm. Eventually, he summons the courage to go to New Mexico in search of his tribal identity. Ray is not well received, but Booker recognizes Ray’s struggle to find spiritual peace, and supports his efforts.
 

Booker becomes a controversial presence on the reservation especially when Debbie and Sue, the Las Vegas showgirls introduced in the novel LOST IN LAS VEGAS, show up and claim his support for their lifestyle changes. Booker is forced off the reservation and taken in by the two beautiful women just as his estranged son and daughter make separate visits.

White Wing and all of Booker’s traditional friends play roles in Ray’s re-entry to the tribe, a process that is not without high emotional drama as Ray meets his mother’s sister and his blood relatives for the first time.

The dancing school that the showgirls develop offers space for Pueblo dancers to teach tribal traditions to their children. At a year-end recital, cultures are united in mutual support, and Ray takes his place among his people as Found Bird in a clan of famous Southwestern potters.

 


 

"Save the God Seed" Reviews
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“Monty Joynes, an “anglo,” (also the name of one of the main characters) presents an insightful novel on the intuitive consciousness vs. the rational, and how these modes play out in the human drama between Native American and white materialist cultures.  “What could be the evolutionary purpose in such radical psychological differences?” asks Joynes.

Joynes writes with a refreshing humility, seemingly aware that he is a white man from a white culture.  He has to change his consciousness to authentically touch the repressed side of his own heart and mind in order to write about an Indian culture with integrity, understanding, and real respect.  By writing this story, he is able to harmonize the two distinct aspects of perception shown by two clashing cultures, creating a new myth of synthesis that could have major healing effects on individual, cultural, and archetypal levels.”                                          

  Paul Amero, Magical Blend

 

“We walk with respect around this man, even if he’s white,” says one Pueblo man to another in SAVE THE GOOD SEED by Monty Joynes.  The white man they speak of is Booker Washington Jones, once Winn Conover a.k.a. Anglo Who Became Chief Old Woman’s Son, recently relocated to living in New Mexico among Pueblo compatriots.  In meeting August (“Ray”) Rey, a “Lost Bird” dissociated from his Pueblo people when he was “adopted” into white society 44 years before, readers are brought close to both sides of the alienation issue.  Facts of our government’s anti-Native American history flesh out their story.

SAVE THE GOOD SEED is also about the touching parallel development of two middle-aged men finally finding themselves at home in a culture completely different from the one in which they were raised.  The warmth of this moving tale offers us the opportunity to actually share in the exquisite joy and solidarity of the Pueblo people coming together to live out their mission:  “In every moment, person or object, is an opportunity for connection.  Our role is to be aware of the potential and bring it into realization.”

                                      Heidi Rain, New England Spirit of Change Magazine

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