If Cold Morning Shadow were a theatrical play or a movie scrip instead of a novel, it would provide a biographical sketch of the players. So, apart from a few who are only mentioned but make no appearance, here they are.

The principle players are the two sets of siblings, Lionel and Cyleine, Wilton and Garnette. The story is told from their interwoven perspective and using only what they have for knowledge of places, events, and other people. In fact, these four may not even provide substantial details about some things. For instance, neither of the Straed children mentions their parents’ birthdates, so we don’t have that detail about Wilma or Leroy Straed.

The Comosh Family

The Comosh family are all indigenous people of the Oglala Lakota tribe. Lionel refers to himself as a pre-American or pre-Am, although he accepts being referred to as an Indian.

Henry Clay Comosh – born August 13, 1913, in or near Spearfish, South Dakota. Henry Clay’s father was Silence Comosh, born in 1872 or 1873. Silence had a little sister, Kee, who is mentioned briefly in Chapter 3.

Madeleine (Wahkan) Comosh – born Madeleine Wahkan, May 21, 1916, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Henry Clay (always goes by both names) and Madeleine are the parents of four children:

Rayleine Comosh – born November 1936 in Spearfish, died in 1952.

Webster Comosh – born in 1938 in Spearfish.

Lionel Kohana Ohanzee Comosh – born February 6, 1950, in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Cyleine Nahimana Macha Snana Comosh – “Cici” – born August 20, 1951, in Spearfish, South Dakota.

The Straed Family

The Straed family are all, in Lionel’s words, post-Europeans, that is, people who have come directly from Europe or whose ancestors did. No longer Europeans, they are post-Europeans.

Leroy Straed – “Rex” – born in 1923 in Zürich, Switzerland.

Wilma Tifga Straed – born early summer 1927 in Enigma, Georgia. Wilma and Rex are the parents of two children:

Wilton Albert Straed – born January 5, 1950 in Lima, Ohio.

Garnette NMN Straed – born September 5, 1951, in Richmond, Virginia.

Other Players

Dennis Turnbull – “Turn-bullet” – English teacher at Spearfish High School.

Larry Lorbiecki – a worker in the Comosh Company shop.

Brigglee Quarry – “Brigg” – a worker in the Comosh Company shop.

Hector Alder – “Heckie” – a local (Spearfish) friend of both Lionel and Wilton.

Brent Shambley – Wilton’s friend.

Carrie Morelli – a high school friend of the four principal players.

Alice Prings – secretary in the admissions office at Black Hills State College.

Toleda Aucoin – Cyleine’s childhood friend.

Also these: father of Carrie Morelli, parents and brother of Toleda Aucoin, Sergeant Andrew Kedrow, Sergeant Lane Hoyyer, Helen Quarry, President Richard M. Nixon, Henry Kissinger, General William Westmoreland, Colonel Ben Autlaigne, Albert Straed, Sela Straed, Yvonna Raye…

=David A. Woodbury=

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