ArchaeoCafé Podcast – Episode 13 – Tales from the trenches: An interview with W. Michael Gear (Part 1)

hosted by Otis Crandell

In this episode I talk with author and archaeologist W. Michael Gear about popularising the long history of North America, the challenges of writing historical fiction, and bringing archaeological research to the public.

Listen to this episode online:

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/archaeocafe/episodes/ArchaeoCaf—Episode-13—Tales-from-the-trenches-An-interview-with-W–Michael-Gear-Part-1-egas0p

 

Some useful terminology and links

First North Americans series
The series explores various civilizations and cultures in prehistoric North America.
https://www.gear-gear.com/the-books/people-books
https://www.goodreads.com/series/40994-north-america-s-forgotten-past
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_America%27s_Forgotten_Past

Oral tradition
a form of communication wherein knowledge, art, ideas and cultural material is received, preserved and transmitted orally from one generation to another.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_tradition

Shamanism
a religious practice that involves a practitioner, a shaman, who is believed to interact with a spirit world through altered states of consciousness, such as trance.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanism

Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)
a confederacy of nations in the Great Lakes region of North America.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iroquois

Chaco Canyon
Between AD 900 and 1150, Chaco Canyon was a major centre of culture for the Ancestral Puebloans.
https://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaco_Culture_National_Historical_Park

Ancestral Puebloans
An ancient Native American culture that spanned the present-day Four Corners region of the United States. They lived in a range of structures that included small family pit houses, larger structures to house clans, grand pueblos, and cliff-sited dwellings for defence. They possessed a complex network that stretched across the Colorado Plateau linking hundreds of communities and population centres. They held a distinct knowledge of celestial sciences that found form in their architecture.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancestral_Puebloans

Cahokia
a pre-Columbian Native American city (which existed circa 1050–1350 CE) directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis, Missouri. Cahokia was the largest and most influential urban settlement of the Mississippian culture, which developed advanced societies across much of what is now the central and southeastern United States, beginning more than 1000 years before European contact.
https://cahokiamounds.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cahokia

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
An author whose works include historical fiction novels such as Reindeer Moon and The Animal Wife.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Marshall_Thomas
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/36571.Elizabeth_Marshall_Thomas

Reindeer Moon
A fictional account of the life of a Siberian tribe 20,000 years ago.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/111646.Reindeer_Moon

The Animal Wife
The sequel to Reindeer Moon, set in the same place and with the same group of people.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/524465.The_Animal_Wife

Björn Kurtén
A palaeontologist and author of historical fiction, such as Dance of the Tiger: A Novel of the Ice Age.
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1015667.Bj_rn_Kurt_n

Dance of the Tiger: A Novel of the Ice Age
Set in Western Europe 35,000 years ago.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/894107

Sue Harrisonaleut
An author of historical fiction, including the Ivory Carver Trilogy.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_Harrison_(author)
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/70745.Sue_Harrison

Ivory Carver Trilogy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivory_Carver_Trilogy
https://www.goodreads.com/series/51125-ivory-carver

William Sarabande
The pen name of Joan Lesley Hamilton Cline, an author of historical fiction. Her works include the First Americans series which takes place during the last ice age as people cross the Bering strait from Siberia to the Americas.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sarabande
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/50913.William_Sarabande

Jean M. Auel
An author of historical fiction, best known for her novel Clan of the Cave Bear, the first of the book in the Earth’s Children series.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_M._Auel
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/861.Jean_M_Auel

Earth’s Children series
A series of books that take place about 30,000 years ago in Europe.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_Children

 

About W. Michael Gear

W. Michael Gear is an archaeologist and award winning author of fiction. Along with Kathleen O’Neal Gear, co-writes the First North American’s series of historical fiction which spans the vast period of time from when the first people migrated to the Americas at the end of the last Ice Age up until the arrival of the Europeans in the 15th century. In addition to being an authors, Michael is also also an archaeologist and anthropologist.

Web:
https://www.gear-gear.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Michael_Gear
https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/47406.W_Michael_Gear

 

 

 

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