The Story Catcher

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Young Lance is his father's son when it comes to the daring needed for gaining honors in the war councils of the plains Sioux. Even greater is his seeing medicine. With eyes growing sharper, he watches the warring between tribes, the buffalo hunting, the daily routine—and shows it all in pictures drawn in the dust or on skins with charcoal and color sticks. But catching the story of Sioux society in the 1840s is not for an impetuous and unseasoned youth. Many adventures, sorrows, and hardships must pass before ...
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Young Lance is his father's son when it comes to the daring needed for gaining honors in the war councils of the plains Sioux. Even greater is his seeing medicine. With eyes growing sharper, he watches the warring between tribes, the buffalo hunting, the daily routine—and shows it all in pictures drawn in the dust or on skins with charcoal and color sticks. But catching the story of Sioux society in the 1840s is not for an impetuous and unseasoned youth. Many adventures, sorrows, and hardships must pass before the village sings Lance's new name: Story Catcher, recorder of the history of his people.

Rooted in legend, history, and empathetic understanding, The Story Catcher, Sandoz's last novel, won the Levi Strauss Golden Saddleman Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award.

A young Sioux warrior earns the right to be called historian for his tribe after numerous adventures and trials which test his ability to tell the story of his people with truth and courage.

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Helen Winter Stauffer

"The author . . . presents amazingly detailed glimpses of life in the Indian village and on the plains. . . . She shows the action, rather than telling it, successfully fusing history and imagination."—Helen Winter Stauffer, Mari Sandoz: Story Catcher of the Plains
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803291638
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1986
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 492,118
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.03 (w) x 8.11 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2003

    Strenghth through Persistence in Understanding

    This powerfully simple story shows the view that the early Native American had of the world in which he lived; his relation to others, to the plant and the animal worlds, and to his place as a link between his family's past and its future. In words of one syllable you are shown the sublime beauty of being connected to and contented with one's place in the vast scheme of things.

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