YELLOW FUR AND LITTLE HAWK by Wilma Pitchford Hays


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Back in the pokebonnet days of Little Yellow Fur (1973), Susanna's homesteader father does such a good job of building his own house that the Indian agent hires him to build houses for the neighboring Sioux. But the Indians aren't moving into their houses, and Susanna is afraid that they will be in trouble with the government if they don't. The Indians only live in circles, as the great Power made nature in circles, wise old White Bull explains to Susanna--who feels doubly sorry for the Indians as they aren't allowed to make their customary move to the river during a very dry summer. An acceptable happy ending would seem impossible, but Hays comes up with one: during a particularly bad rain and wind storm, White Bull moves his teepee into his house, and sits both dry and encircled through the downpour. Like its predecessor, another disarming view of innocent amity.

Pub Date: March 31st, 1980
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan