In 1953, Albert Speer, Germany’s Minister of Armaments & War Production during World War II, wrote from a prison cell in Nuremburg, that study of the treatment and eradication of the American Indian was an element in the plan for the final solution. Speer, Hitler, and others in the Third Reich who administered the Nazi Holocaust, had looked to the Indian Removal Act of 1830, and the subsequent actions of the United States Government, as a blueprint for the annihilation of a people, a culture, and a way of life.
In Losing St. Christopher, Totsuhwa, the revered shaman of the Cherokee Nation, struggles against the assimilation of his people into the white world of men he sees as invaders. The colonists, along with Cherokee who are trying to bridge both worlds, see him as a barbarous threat. When Totsuhwa’s visions show him the outcome, it is as black as his deep set haunting eyes. Chancellor, his son, takes a white wife following study at a missionary school and the shaman’s fears seem realized. Conflicts between cultures and within the family erupt when Totsuhwa’s only grandchild is forced onto the Trail of Tears. In the chase that follows, an estranged love fights to stem the ugly flow of racism that is moving in two directions.
“History is written by the victorious, but when almost forgotten historical characters are brought to life, and their stories told, they are preserved through the ages, and in this preservation David-Michael Harding has succeeded.”