D.E. Lamont spent her childhood in the burgeoning residential developments of the San Fernando Valley of Southern California in the 1950s and 60s, before the Valley’s hilly fringes were entirely blanketed by expensive homes.
She and her brothers explored the wild chaparral-covered hills and canyons, where they found signs of Native American presence, despite no mention of them in their schoolbooks. They found stone arrowheads, and in the yellow sandstone bluffs near Chatsworth they saw the shallow hollowed-out leaching basins that helped the women prepare acorn meal, one of their staple foods. High in the hills above Tarzana, they found a mysterious sandstone "Indian Cave" whose ceiling was blackened by decades, perhaps hundreds of years, of campfire smoke. Her younger brother found arrowhead remnants there as well.
These discoveries excited her interest in earlier times and peoples; it was a revelation that the fringes of her concrete and asphalt tract neighborhoods were actually doorways to what she, as a child, felt were somehow more authentic, natural worlds. In the open fields and rocky hills, she would experience an inexplicable, haunting feeling suggesting the long-ago presence and untold stories of the original Native American inhabitants, who called themselves, simply, the Tongva - the People.
D.E. found out that some 2,000 survivors descended from the Tongva still lived in Southern California. She wished to honor the tribe and let more people know about them by writing a story set in the period shortly before the Spanish explorers arrived in the mid-1500s. The years afterward marked the beginning of the decimation of the Tongva people and culture. Her story is called The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening. By making the story a historical fantasy, she was able to explore the natural methods of practical and spiritual training used by the Tongva while also creating a hint of hopeful continuity between the world of Tacu, the young Tongva initiate, and the one that was coming—one in which Tacu’s people might flourish again.
D.E. Lamont has written six fiction and nonfiction books as author and co-author. She is presently working on a novel and other stories.
D.E.'s interest in our quest to understand ourselves inspired her blog, Magical Mystical You, where she explores diverse subjects relating to the development of greater abilities and awareness and that often-mysterious spiritual side of life. Read her blog on Magical Mystical You.
D.E. lives with her husband in an apartment building overlooking the beautiful Hudson River in Westchester County, New York.