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For those of you who have already read the Shadows on the Trail Trilogy, I thank you and I appreciate the notes and comments you have sent me in regards to the books. I promise you that the fourth book will not let you down! Now, on with the show!
|Figure two - The trappings of modern society. Piled |
up luggage at some airport, not a rare occurrence.
To illustrate my point, I am going to cite a recent example from my personal life and compare it to the lives of the Folsom People, the protagonists in the Shadows on the Trail Trilogy. Recently, my wife and I took a four-day trip to California and when we arrived at the airport we each had a suitcase. In addition, I had a stuffed backpack with my laptop, books, and various other electronic gadgetry and essentials. My wife had a laptop roller suitcase with all of her gear. Four days, four suitcases! When we finally boarded the airplane (another amazing transportation convenience), the passengers fought to get their precious possessions stowed in the limited overhead luggage space. I looked around and watched people shoving everything but the kitchen sink into the overhead luggage bins. It gave me pause to reflect about our heroes in the Shadows on the Trail Trilogy, Chayton and the Folsom People.
|Figure three - Dinner time, literally fast food!|
|Figure Four - Folsom artifacts from the Author's Collection.|
Figure four is a photograph of the stone tools that Chayton might have carried in his deerskin pouch. In the center of the photo, notice the red and gray banded discoidal biface he brought on the journey from his original canyon home in future Texas. To the right of the discoidal biface are two razor-sharp ultrathin knives used for butchering animals and in the lower left hand corner, an end scraper used for hide work. Resting on top of the discoidal biface are two Folsom projectile points. Add to the hide pouch a tool to create fire and a small amount of dried food and Chayton could survive anywhere. How about you? I know I couldn't.
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