B A SMITH
Green Grows the Grass
Death at Painted Cave:A Robin Crane Mystery
This work of historical fiction is dedicated to my father and to all those who kept him in their hearts--with love. The photograph on the Welcome page is of my father, mother, and President Orlich of Costa Rica.
In this tale of international intrigue the immediate and long-lasting effects of war become heartbreakingly apparent as this fast-paced political thriller unravels the strings connecting people and events associated with revolution in Cuba and Nicaragua.
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One of the things I like most about writing fiction, particularly a mystery novel, is that I learn about people, places, and events that heretofore were unfamiliar. In Death at Painted Cave, I integrated the Miskito Indians into the narrative. This police thriller transports the readers from the canyons of Santa Barbara to the jungles of Nicaragua. The following post will bring you up-to-date on the Miskito Indians living on the North Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Further below you will find the sources for material used when writing Death at Painted Cave.
The relationship between the Nicaraguan government and the Miskito Nation has been fraught with difficulty. In 2012, the ancestral Council of Elders for the Comunitarian Nation of the Moskitia called for resistance to what they considered governmental inteference in their affairs. They called on the indigenous community to protest the destruction of forests and land sales. They claimed that the State of Nicaragua was promoting a form of neocolonialism, attributing their problems to the "Sandinista's political and economic interests in the region," which have brought in Venezuelan business interests, who now claim ownership of some valuable land. The government of Nicaragua does not recognize the Nation's claim to independence. Source: The Nicaraguan Dispatch, Tim Rogers, February 25, 2012
I gratefully acknowledge:
Herlihy, Laura Hobson (2006). Matrifocality and Women's Power on the Miskito Coast Ethnology, 46:2, 144.
Herlihy, Laura Hobson (2006). Sexual Magic and Money: Miskitu Women's Strategies in Northern Honduras Ethnology, 46:2,. 144.
Offen, Karl. (2002). The Sambu and Tawira Miskitu: The Colonial Origins of Intra-Miskitu Differentiation in Eastern Nicaragua and Honduras Ethnohistory. 49:2, 328-33; 337-40.
Olien, Michael (1998). General, Governer, and Admiral: Three Miskitu Lines of Succession. Ethnohistory, 45:2, 718-737.
Stonich, Susan (2001). Endangered peoples of Latin America: struggles to survive and thrive. Greenwood Press, pp. 91-94.
Nicaragua's Miskitos seek independence. BBC News, 3 August 2009. Retrv'd. 18 Nov 2013.
Sandinistas vs. Miskitos, New York Times, July 29, 1986.
Original source for photograph of Miskito Indians on the Welcome page during December and January: Nicaragua and the Mosquito Coast by Egbert N. Keeley, Jr. (June, 1884) in Popular Science Monthly. (Vol. 45). Obtained through Wikipedia. Source for photograph of Miskito Indians during February is Tim Rogers of the Nicaraguan Dispatch, February 25, 2012.