Totems of September

Totems of September

This beautifully descriptive book is a unique compilation of personal stories that examine the events of Sept 11, 2001 and the aftermath from a non political viewpoint. The use of Native American story telling tradition of circles on circles and lives on lives, is interspersed with culture of the Northwest and Plains tribes through the use of animal legends, stories, and imagery. The stand-alone stories of three memorable characters, dating from the early 1900s to 2006; their lineage and their families are woven together through the threads of history, human connections, hope and redemption. Geronimo Barse’ and Billy Hawk’s tenacity, warmth, humor and love, shine through their painful experiences in the Indian boarding schools, WWII, and the loss of so many loved ones. Lola LeFleur and all the LeFleur women before her and to follow, fight desperately to change their perceived destiny. The warmth and healing of the Ranch, and the stability of Devils Tower in a world of terror, are integral factors in the healing of so many shattered lives. In the end, this book is a story of hope, redemption, and the possibilities to be found in the future.

Editorial Reviews


Riveting and heartbreaking stories of deep, ongoing racism in America at the hands of the privileged… a story about war and finding peace in the souls of our ancestors… First Nations and America’s dirty little secret. A must read.” –Juanita Lahurreau, Potawatomi tribeAn educational manual, but ensconced in a wonderfully engaging story. The reader learns about the wonderful humor, spirituality and commitment to family of our Native people. This book ranks right up there with Water for Elephants and The Help as my favorite feel good books. –Sheila Koenig

About the Author’s

Dr. Robin LaDue is a retired clinical psychologist formerly in private practice in Washington State. She was born in Seattle but raised in the Sacramento, California area.Dr. Robin A. LaDue

Robin’s grandfather and great-uncles were survivors of the Cushman Boarding School, having been removed from their parents and experienced the horrors of having their hair cut, not being able to speak their language, and losing their culture. This heritage, along with Dr. LaDue’s passion for helping Native women raise healthy babies and addressing the problems of oppression and loss in Native communities, were driving forces in her personal and professional life.

She received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Washington State University; has been affiliated with the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and with the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Native American Center for Excellence, and Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The award winning author of the Journey through the Healing Circle books and video, Dr. LaDue has lectured worldwide on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and historical trauma in Native American communities, as well as the treatment for and consequences of psychological trauma, including traditional Native methods of treatment. She is an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe of Washington. This is her first historical novel.

Native Voice TV interviewed Robin and can be watched on Youtube on Demand (Click Here).

Mary Kay Voss was born in West Texas and grew up in Houston. She has lived in Texas, California, Tokyo, and Washington State and considers herself a misplaced Texan in a Washingtonian’s body. Mary Kay’s professional career has revolved around the financial industry, She was a stockbroker, when that was unusual for women, and has had her own company for over twenty-five years. A former instructor in financial planning and insurance topics for continuing education, Mary Kay credits the club with exposing her to a much wider selection of books than she might have ever chosen on her own. Her passion for reading also has led to an exciting journey into community theatre, Where Mary Kay has been a regular performer on stage as well as on the managing board of the Driftwood Players in Edmonds, WA. Of her collaboration with Dr. LaDue, she says, “Robin has an extremely creative mind, probably actually channeling the old Native Americans, and I had the pleasantly rewarding job of enriching the pages by smoothing the writing style and enhancing the readability. It is a great match of talents.” Mary Kay has been married to Didrik for over thirty years; is a mother and grandmother.