in writing my 2nd book Eagle Visions, i again researched Native American legends as i had for Trooper's Run.
in Eagle Visions, the major character, Cidney, learned she had the spirit of a Native American in her called Little Raven Sister, and that spirit gave her the strength and courage to do the things that she needed to do.
the book also opened with an Inupiat legend about the Northern Lights and the raven ...
"Auroras ~ or Northern Lights ~ are believed to be the torches held in the hands of Spirits seeking the souls of those who have just died, to lead them over the abyss terminating the edge of the world. A narrow pathway leads across it to the land of brightness and plenty, where disease and pain are no more, and where food of all kinds is already in abundance. To this place none but the dead and the raven can go. When the Spirits wish to communicate with the people of the Earth, they make a whistling noise, and the Earth people answer only in a whispering tone. The Eskimo says that the ravens are able to call the Aurora and converse with it. They send messages to the dead through these Spirits."
i found it serendipitous that i moved to this place ... of Northern Lights, ravens and eagles ... and to see the white ghost ravens. this coming November, i hope to write my 3rd book ... Winter Bear. i feel that there is a strong spirit here that will guide my words and inspire me.