Over the next few days we at the Wandering Scots Book Club will give everyone a little taste of the great discussion and perspective that author Eliot Pattison and our special guest commentators will be chatting about this Saturday Feb. 8th at 11:00am EST during our On Air Panel Discussion about the colonial American mystery “Bone Rattler”. You can watch Saturday’s On Air discussion live at COSCA’s Clan Scotland Google+ page at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106598352337253234696/+CoscaNetClanScotland/posts .
So to start you off, here are some thoughts from author Eliot Pattison regarding one of our topics for Saturday’s discussion:
“Highland tribes. A fundamental anchor for my Duncan McCallum novels is the extraordinary affinity between the Highland Scots and the woodland tribes. I must admit that when I conceived the series I initially thought this would be confined to certain characters who would form close bonds based on shared values and common goals. But as I dug into the historical records I was thrilled to discover that the annals of the day not only confirmed such bonds, but evidenced that they ran very deep, in a pattern that repeated itself across the colonial frontier. British officers took uneasy note of close relationships between warriors and clansman over whom they had only tentative control. The famed chronicler of 18th century Highland life, David Stewart, himself a general, witnessed how the Iroquois upon their very first encounters with the clansmen instantly treated them as long lost brothers.
An added joy was the discovery of paintings by contemporary artist Robert Griffing that depict interaction between Highland troops and the tribes. I write these novels under a forest scene by Griffing in which a kilted infantryman consults with a Mohawk scout. There was a feral, visceral link between these cultures. We may not be able to fully explain it but we know that at its foundation were common elements of trust, courage, prowess, integrity, humor and spirituality.”
— Eliot Pattison, author
Bone Rattler Series