Karl H. Schlesier taught anthropology at the universities of Wichita State and Kansas for thirty years. His fieldwork has taken him from the central Pyrenees of France to the arctic slopes of northern Alaska and twice into federal court as an expert witness for the Cheyenne Nation. Among his other books are Plains Indians, A.D. 500 1500: The Archaeological Past of Historic Groups and the novel Josanie s War."
Trail of the Red Butterfly, by Karl H. Schlesier, took a silver medal in the category of historical/military fiction in the Independent Publisher Book Awards competition. The awards presentation ceremony was held on May 30 during the annual BookExpo America Convention in Los Angeles. Telling of a Cheyenne Kit Fox headman's 1807 expedition to recover his captured twin, Schlesier takes readers from the high plains of Colorado across unforgiving terrain to dramatic conclusion on the Camino Real. Pulitzer winner N. Scott Momaday calls Trail of the Red Butterfly "clear, precise, and fluent ... a celebration of storytelling." (from TechAnnounce 7/8/08) "... a different kind of Indian story, a time when Indians roamed the Southwest for wild horses and buffalo, before the Americans moved into their territory and took away their huntnig grounds and food sources... not just for those who enjoy a good Western tale." --Jeff Westerhoff, Historical Novels Review, May 2008 "... a very satisfying experience ... highly recommended." Editors' Choice, Review of Texas Books, Spring 2008