Shadows In The Forest 18

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Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for best book of 2014 in History category

Shadows In The ForestBook cover features H. David Wright’s oil painting Illini Warrior

Printable book flyer – available here


978-1-312-39074-4 (Hardback) – Limited Edition (SOLD OUT!)

978-1-312-39076-8 (Paperback)

Coming soon (E-Book)

List Price:

$19.95 (SC)

$39.95 (HC) – Limited Edition print run (50 copies) signed by the author and David Wright


Trade Paper, 369 pages

Wholesale Orders:

Available through the author by emailing

Retail Orders:

Available signed through the author by completing the form below, Barnes and Noble, Muzzleloader Magazine, Log Cabin Shop



Shadows In The Forest is written in two parts. The first part is dedicated to the woodland Indians who called the Mississippi Valley their home for centuries. Using primary source documentation, author Tim L. Jarvis gives a history of this once great and powerful Algonquian speaking Illinois Confederacy.

The research and information provided is not meant to be the complete history of the Illinios Nation nor does it conclude the author’s research on the topic. The author’s goal is to provide a building block for others to pick up where he has left off and continue to garner attention towards a nation that hasn’t received the proper attention that it deserves throughout the course of history.

The second part is dedicated towards conducting a historically accurate portrayal of a non-nation specific woodland Indian. As a living history interpreter, the author wants to share the knowledge that he has gained through research, along with his personal experiences from over fifteen years of living history reenacting and experimental archaeology, to help you as the reader become a better living history reenactor. The goal is to provide the reader with quality information on how to conduct a more accurate Woodland Indian portrayal. After reading this book, the author encourages the reader to continue to research, study primary source documentation, and learn more about your specific impression.

Shadows In The Forest will be available through Warrior’s Trail, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most other major retailers. Also now available through Muzzleloader Magazine and the Log Cabin Shop.


“While by no means an exhaustive examination or discussion of woodland culture or living history practices, his work is both a handy historical resource and a practical “how-to” guide that combines the best of both worlds. Anyone interested in eighteenth-century native culture or standards for authentic and accurate historical interpretation will undoubtedly find this book to be a useful addition to their personal library, regardless of whether or not they are a novice or expert historian, a reticent observer or enthusiastic participant in living history interpretation. Tim challenges his readers to use this work as a launching pad to kickstart their own journey into the fascinating world of historical research and interpretation. A project fifteen years in the making, this book will, without a doubt, spark a connection between those who read it and those who lived it in the past.”

-Dr. Elista Istre

“I purchased this book through the author before it was available here. This book is phenomenally researched, easy to follow and keeps you captivated from cover to cover. The second section of the book is a must have for anyone portraying a native living history persona. It’s filled with everything you need to know to make your persona first rate!”

-Jim C.

“Received the copy of your new book “Shadows in the Forest” the other day, couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed it, Good Job, great book, lots of good information. Again, Good Job and thanks.”

-Jim S.

“I am very impressed with the book. It is very well written. I can tell you that the author has put much time into his research and much thought into the whole process. I really liked the dedication, acknowledgements, preface, and Appendix C: Influential People. (Not always read in every book!) It has been a while in the making, but well worth the wait. I have already learned so much. I have finished the first part, but I’ve also skimmed through various chapters of the second part because I just wanted to go ahead and read about certain topics. It is now part of my Native American and F&I collection of books.”

-Patty H.

“I received the book yesterday and I am very impressed. I stayed up late last night reading it and I don’t do that very often!”

-Charlie B.

“Just received my copy of “Shadows In The Forest” signed by David Wright and the author Tim L. Jarvis. It is obviously a labor of love and a welcome addition to my library. Thanks, Tim! Huzzah!!!!!”

-John C.

“Read my hard back copy cover to cover! Book should be subtitled: What everyone who wants to get into reenacting should know! Tim did a WONDERFUL job with that book, absolutely wonderful!!”

-Ken C.

“I’m really enjoying the book! GREAT JOB! Seriously, this should be a must read for anyone interested in the Illinois Natives or considering reenacting Natives of the area.”

-Zack Z.

No longer available in softcover edition or limited hardcover edition through the author.  The hardcover edition (SOLD OUT) within the first 30 days of print. Softcover copies are still available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major book retail stores.


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