Novelist, poet, and essayist Highwater (Myth and Sexuality, 1989, etc.) offers a dark, elegiac modern myth about a young Native American who, as a little boy, is torn from his roots and his true identity; this doomed and lonely protagonist later loses his cultured urban life and his identity as an artist because he falls into the murderous hands of a mysterious and ignorant people. ``My name is Sitko Ghost Horse.'' Numb and terrified, the young painter stands repeating his name before a tribunal of strange, primitive people.
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