Red Blood is the first novel by Jack Forbes, the Powhatan/Renape/Delaware/Lenape author, scholar and activist. Forbes draws from his Delaware ancestry to create contemporary characters set in the U.S. during the turbulent era of social change. Jesse Rainwater is a young Delaware man who travels throughout North America and Mexico. During his travels he encounters a variety of people and thereby gains insight into his own values, relationships, spirituality and heritage. Forbes began writing the novel in 1979 that is based on a lifetime of experience and research. Forbes has dedicated his life to the study and advancement of Native Americans and only recently retired as Chair of the Department of Native Studies at the University of California. For his accomplishments as a writer, Forbes received the prestigious American Book Awards, Life Time Achievement Award in 1997. Red Blood is recommended for Native Literature courses at the college/university level.