The manitou cross the river to face the corrupted eagle on Page 2 of A Berry from the Sun. There are five manitou and five spirit dancers. The spirit dancers are from each of the five nations of the northeastern woodlands of Everique. Again, Cari Corene does a beautiful job painting them.
My favorite is the spirit dancer who is tied to Plays-in-Waves. She’s from the Maniquois nation, which, at the time of this story, occupied the coastline to the east and is crumbling from Japethic incursions. She’s the only spirit dancer they have left, and she is only 8 years old. They sent her to honor the covenant chain between the nations. It is the last action of the nation, as it loses the war of attrition with colonists and disease in the next generation.
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