Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award From the two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award: a deeply moving and evocative novel of fathers and sons. Danny Kachiah is a Native American fighting not to become a casualty. His father, Red Shirt, is dead; his wife, Loxie, has left him, and his career as a rodeo cowboy is flagging. But when Loxie dies in a car wreck, leaving him with his son, Jack, whom he hardly knows, Danny uses the magnificent stories of Red Shirt to guide him toward true fatherhood. Together, Danny and Jack begin to make a life from the dreams of yesterday and the ruins of today's northwestern reservations.
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Craig Lesley's Danny Kachiah, of the Nez Perce tribe, is one such individual. Imperfect, but always learning and improving. Danny remembers and misses his father, appreciating what Red Shirt taught him and how he raised Danny. Danny recalls many of the old tribal ceremonies, happy and sad narratives, and many adventures from his father, grandfather and other Nez Perce Indians who knew his father. Danny understood that life was dangerous and difficult for the Nez Perce as with most Native American tribes, but like other close knit communities they shared food from hunts and looked after each other.
Danny is now raising his teenage son, Jack, using his experience, wisdom and love to protect, teach and support the next generation.