A candid, poetic account of childhood and young manhood through the eyes of a Native American, this vivid narrative is destined to become a central moral text for our time. Through the persona of Edgar Bearchild—a member of the Black Eagle Child Settlement—Ray A. Young Bear takes readers on an unforgettable “journey of words” as he documents grief and anguish countered by an abundance of humor, pride, and insight.
About the Author
Poet, novelist, and performing artist Ray Young Bear is a tribal member of the Meskwaki Nation of central Iowa. He is the author of Winter of the Salamander, The Invisible Musician,Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives (Iowa, 1992), and Remnants of the First Earth.
Table of ContentsContents Foreword by Albert E. Stone The Well-Off Man Church Gift of the Star-Medicine Afred E. Neuman Was an Arsonist The Introduction of Grape Jell-O The Precociousness of Charlotte Brook Grassleggings Episode A Circus Acrobat on the Grass The Year of the Jefferson Airplane The Human Parchment Period How We Delighted in Seeing the Fat The Supernatural Strobe Light The Ugliest Man in Big Valley Ask the One Who Blesses the Roots Junior Pipestar: The Destiny Factor Black Eagle Child Quarterly The Man Squirrel Shall Not Wake Afterword
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"Ray A. Young Bear's gives us the gift of an anguished imagination marked with grace and humor. His writing ultimately washes and heals, but always instructs from a deep vision of the world."