Cha’risa’s Gift is a deeply moving book of both historical fiction and fantasy that immerses its readers in the dramatic and wild open spaces of Northern Arizona.
Cha’risa, a Hopi medicine woman with powerful healing gifts, leaves her people to begin a journey to help save her son, Ahote. After years of forced attendance at an Indian boarding school, Ahote now questions his traditional beliefs and culture. He is no longer certain which world he belongs to, but Ahote has found employment at C & M Ranch just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona and has decided to link his future to the two brothers who own it. Not wanting to leave Ahote alone in an uncertain world, Cha’risa accompanies him, never realizing how profoundly this decision will change her own life.
Set against a backdrop of towering red rocks, snowcapped peaks and sacred canyons, Cha’risa’s Gift is not only her story, but the story of a family that spans generations. Into this diverse family, children are born carrying Cha’risa’s spiritual gifts. Each must find their own way to come to terms with their potential and the responsibilities it brings.