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Deer Dancer based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
In "The Deer Dancer," Gary Winters gives us a small book with a big story. A story about a Yaqui boy living in a one-room hut with his mother, brother and sisters in northern Mexico. Fourteen-year-old Juan Araiza and his impoverished family epitomize the fate of the down-trodden Indians in a country dominated by corrupt officials who cash in on their European ancestry and cling to class privilege. The men of the village-including Juan's father-are gone, lured to the big cities by jobs and the promise of money. But they never come back. Juan sets out to find his father, once a renowned deer dancer, and vows to his mother to return and provide for her. The resourceful teen works his way up the financial ladder-from scullery boy to cowboy to public official-but his acquisition of power and influence force him to confront Zapatista insurgents fighting for Indian rights. He must choose between his good fortune and his heart-felt loyalty to his Indian compatriots and heritage. (The story has a message for those of us north of the border as well.) If anything, the award-winning, hardcover book (184 pages, published by Jaguar Tales, and distributed by Sunbelt Publications) is too spare, too short. I yearned for more detail, a fuller picture of Juan's life. Then again, there's an old saying in show biz: Leave them wanting more. I do want more. I'm looking forward to Winters' next effort. Young adult by genre, "The Deer Dancer" is an enchanting tale for all ages. This improbable yet heart-warming fable is both inspirational and motivational. Most important of all, it gives us hope. And, by the way, you just might learn a thing or two about eco-friendly construction.