It is 1864 and Amos is near death on a hillside of the Salmon River breaks after being thrown from his horse. The two end up saving each other in “Two Bears’ Mountain,” by Gary Bond of Winchester, who tells the tale of their friendship and adventures hunting and traveling the Northwest.
The self-published book is the prequel to Bond’s first novel “Mountain Mayhem” and is set largely in Lapwai, Craig Mountain and Lewiston. Bond is a retired logger who was born in Lewiston and grew up in the surrounding mountains.
He learned about identification and preparation of traditional native foods and herbs as a youth from a Nez Perce elder and the book weaves this information into the story. It contains many Nez Perce words that Bond spells phonetically along with information on how traditional foods like lamprey were prepared and cooked.
Bond will sign copies of his book from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Winchester Library; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at And Books Too in Clarkston, where the book is available for purchase.