Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey

Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey

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by Jamake Highwater
     
 

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Anpao is young and Handsome and Brave — a man any maiden would be proud to call her husband. Any maiden but Ko-Ko-Mik-e-is, that is, who calims she belongs to the Sun alone. And so Anpao sets off for the house of the Sun to ask permission to marry the woman he loves. But Anpao's journey is not an easy one. Before he can reach the Sun, Anapao must travel back

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Anpao is young and Handsome and Brave — a man any maiden would be proud to call her husband. Any maiden but Ko-Ko-Mik-e-is, that is, who calims she belongs to the Sun alone. And so Anpao sets off for the house of the Sun to ask permission to marry the woman he loves. But Anpao's journey is not an easy one. Before he can reach the Sun, Anapao must travel back in time to the dawn of the world. He must relive his own creation, venture through The World Beneath the World, and battle the many magical mystical creatures of Native American legends. For only by doing so can Anpao discover who he really is, and rove to the Sun why he alone is worthy of the fair Ko-komik-e-is

Author Biography: Jamake Highwater is the author of a number of books for children, including The Ceremony of Innocence, a 1985 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and I Wear the Morning Star, a 1988 IRA Young Adult Choice. Mr. Highwater lives in Hampton, CT.

Fritz Scholder's work has been exhibited in hundreds of museums throughout the world, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Examiner
Highwater is a wonderful poet and storyteller.
Washington Post
Occasionally, not often enough, there appears a timeless work. Such a book is Anpao.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590451406
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1994

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Chapter One

Ah, I shall tell

The holy man Wasicong sat by the lake in the night, luminous in the light that rose from the water as he listened to the distant drums and to the singing."Ah," he said. "Do you hear the voices of the children? And do you hear the voices of the women laughing?"And then he pointed down into the moon-filled water where shimmering images of liquid-people in the drowned village at the bottom of the lake rose like smoke on a clear night."Can you hear their singing?" he said. The world is dangerous ... dangerous for Indians. Come with me, my people, and I will show you the way to safety. Here, under the water... here is a magical place. Here is the place created by him to keep his people safe forever.And then old Wasicong looked up into the perfect moon and smiled slowly and rustled his cloak of feathers.

"Ah," he said. "I shall tell you a story of how the world began and how the boy Anpao was born and of his advenrufes among the people and among the spirits." And he winked his large yellow eye and nodded.

"Ah," he hooted softly. I shall tell you if you will come near and look into my face. Ah... " Wasicong whispered as he leaped into the air effortlessly and flew to the top of a pine tree.

"Ah," he hooted at the moon, "I shall tell."

"Ah," he said. I shall tell you a story of how the world began and how the boy Anpao was born and of his adventures among the people and among the spirits." And he winked his large yellow eye and nodded.

"Ah," he hooted softly. I shall tell you if you will come near and look into my face. Ah... " Wasicong whispered as he leaped into the aireffortlessly and flew to the top of a pine tree.

"Ah," he hooted at the moon, "I shall tell."

In the Days of Plentiful

In the days before the people fled into the water, the wind held leaves aloft in the sky like dragonflies. There was no war and people were at peace. The buffalo-people lived in the world of the sweet grass below, and the sky above was filled with birds of many colors and of many songs. The air was blue and the earth was green and each thing rested upon the other. In the forest the leaves fell slowly. There was no fear. The birds did not leap into flight when the cats awoke. And the wild flowers changed colors to amuse themselves.

Anpao and his twin brother Oapna had spent many years traveling through the great world in search of their destiny. One winter they came upon a village high in the mountains. The people who lived there invited them to spend the cold days in comfort. The young brothers accepted gladly, for they were poor and hungry. They had searched long and hard for wisdom and vision without success.

A very beautiful girl lived in the village. When a young man looked upon her, the world would stop. Music would beat in his blood and he could see one hundred white deer sleeping in the sun-blanched meadow of her forehead. She was more beautiful than flowers, more eloquent than antelope, and very proud. All the young men wanted to marry her, but whenever they tried to speak to her about love, she said she did not want a husband. She was so beautiful that young men were made miserable if they looked upon her face.

"How is this, Ko-ko-mik-e-is?" asked the young men. "Why do you not want to marry? How is this, Ko-ko-mik-e-is, that you will not speak to us? We are rich and handsome fellows and many of us are brave and daring."

But Ko-ko-mik-e-is only laughed at them. "Why should I marry?" she replied. "My father is rich. Our lodge is good. We have plenty of food and tanned robes and soft furs for winter. So what good is a husband?"

Anpao and his brother laughed at the young men who were forever trying to attract the attention of the beautiful Ko-ko-mik-e-is. When the Raven People held a dance, the young men put on their most splendid ornaments and each tried to dance with greater elegance than the next. But when they asked Ko-ko-mik-e-is if she would come and sit with them, she laughed and went into her lodge and would not come out. I want no husband," she said.

Then the Bulls, the Kit-Foxes, and many of the other clans held their dances. The young men who were rich and those who were great among their people tried to win the attention of Ko-ko-mik-e-is. The strong and handsome asked for Ko-ko-mik-e-is.

"No," she called from within her lodge. I want no husband."

"Ho! " her disgruntled father exclaimed, for he was getting angry with his daughter. "Why do you refuse these men who call to you? You have been asked by our best young men and you say always the same, No! No! I am unhappy with you, Ko-ko-mik-e-is. I begin to think that maybe you have a secret boy friend!"

While the father of Ko-ko-mik-e-is was shouting, Anpao and his brother Oapna crept to the lodge entrance and waited there in hope of getting some food. But the argument continued and they were afraid to interfere.

"Please," Ko-ko-mik-e-is was pleading, "do not be angry. I have no lover, Father, and I have done nothing with anyone. It is the great Above Person ... it was he who told me that I must not marry any of these young men. He has told me that I belong..

Meet the Author

Jamake Highwater is the author of a number of books for children, including The Ceremony of Innocence, a 1985 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and I Wear the Morning Star, a 1988 IRA Young Adult Choice. Mr. Highwater lives in Hampton, CT.

Fritz Scholder's work has been exhibited in hundreds of museums throughout the world, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Anpao; an American Indian Odyssey 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
it was too utterly stupid for words i would never reccoment this for anyone! Infact i dont even give it one star its worth none!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, 'Anpao', had a good story line but since it is a myth it is very confusing and some parts didn't make sense. I had to read this book for school and it wasn't one that I wanted to continue or do a project on. The back sounded interesting but I would not reommended it to anyone under 20.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was assigned this book to read over my Summer vacation for a school project. I found this book to be very boring, disturbing, and annoying many times. It is very fictional and is mainly about a Native American boy who trys to find the 'Sun' so he can get permission to marry a girl. Of course there are many sub-adventures that has the boy understanding himself more, but it all mainly builds up to the very dissapointing ending. I felt this book was a waste of my time, and I would not recommend it to anyone who didn't HAVE to read the book.