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General Information

Name:  Ernest L Schusky  

Pen Name: Ernest Schusky

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1931 in Portsmouth, Ohio


Illinois Connection

I lived in Chicago from 1955 to 1958 while earning a Ph. D in anthropology at the Unviersity of Chicago. In 1960 I moved to Collinsville after becoming a professor of anthropology at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. I still reside in Collinsville.

Biographical and Professional Information

My dissertation research was among the Dakota Indians and I continued research among Indians. In retirement I am writing fiction about Southwestern Indians, but my first novel was about the prehistory of Cahokia Mounds since I live less than a mile from the site. The novel views ancient Cahokia through the eyes of a young woman brought to the site as a servant wife and for her knowledge of languages. The title of the novel is ''JOURNEY TO THE SUN''. I have a non-fiction work for the young reader, ''ANCIENT SPLENDOR OF PREHISTORIC CAHOKIA''.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Short Story of the Year for Anthropology and the Humanites Journal, ''Korean Exodus (short story)''