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Osage Orange Bow: A Talisman for My Protagonist

My historical novel, THE FALCON, THE WOLF AND THE HUMMINGBIRD, involves two female warriors on opposing Native American tribes in precolonial New England.

One of the women is Pinoteemonluk — Pino — who was gifted an Osage orange bow by her best warrior.

The Osage orange tree was named by early explorers who witnessed members of the Osage Nation making their bows from the beautiful orange wood. The orange-type fruit is edible, but apparently too bitter to be enjoyable.

Do you have a favorite kind of tree?

Mine: the madrone tree here in California. The tree has the same silky, reddish color and is nicknamed “the refrigerator tree” because the bark contains water and so stays cool to the touch even in hot weather.


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