"Frog Effigy Pipe", Cahokia style, Missouri flint clay, Mississippian culture, found in the Craig Mound at the Sprio Site in Oklahoma. The style of this pipe indicates that it may have been made in the Cahokia Mounds area. The frog is sitting on a platform which is a common feature on other Cahokia style pipes.
Using powerful magic the young boy Darach travels back through time to see a Hopewell Indian Shaman transforming into a bear. On the witchdoctors belt there is a disembodied fanged head. How, why was this ancient Shaman going to influence the century?
One of my favorite things are three Hopewell figures carved out of soapstone that I inherited from my father. I took them to the Antiques Roadshow where the approaiser said they weren't real -- but he had just enough doubt that he told me to contact a guy at the Mound Builder Museum in Ohio. I did, they checked, they're real.