By Louis Owens

Jacob Nashoba’s trip has taken him from his Choctaw native land in Mississippi to Vietnam and eventually to a small reservation within the mountains of jap Arizona. A tribal ranger, he lives between humans some distance assorted from any he has recognized. Balanced precariously among isolation and neighborhood, he's attracted to either the fastness of a distant river canyon and the Apaches who've turn out to be the single kinfolk he has.Nashoba’s international is peopled by means of, between others, a shiny younger guy who sells imaginative and prescient quests to romantic travelers, a made up our minds elder whose energy makes her a strength to be reckoned with at the reservation, a resident anthropologist extra "native" than the natives, a corrupt tribal chairman, a former Hollywood additional who shouts at reservation ladies the scraps of Italian he realized from different "Indian" actors, and the ranger’s estranged spouse. Confusion and violence persist with their stumble upon with a right-wing defense force team education secretly on tribal land. The distinction among those Rambo varieties and some of the local American characters typifies the sardonic humor working all through this novel of up to date Indian id.

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But the therapist's questions hadn't produced answers, and he refused to explain what he knew: that it was because he was alone, locked irretrievably into another place that had little in common with the daylight world in which people ate, worked, talked, and made love.  Men entered by permission and left quickly.  Now he watched as she stepped off the porch, walking toward him.  The topless dancer had become a tribal matron, powerful and respected, someone who would probably be a member of the tribal council soon.

As far as he knew, neither of them had had anyone else in all the years of their separation.  Edwards said she needs to be taught by a warrior" She looked directly into his eyes, the look so sharp he felt wounded. " He could see by the slight shift of intensity in her eyes that she was startled, and he was pleased that for once he'd been a step ahead of her.  And then he thought of the brief portion of his life he'd spent in her bed, barely a tick of the clock, not much more time than he'd spent in Nam.

Paradoxically, their own action had made him seem more dangerous still, more of an outsider, suspected of consorting with powerful spirits.  The idea that somebody from Berlin or Paris, New York or Los Angeles could be on some kind of vision quest caused most of the Black Mountain people to double over in laughter Shorty Luke had once put on an imitation at one of the drinking parties by Oak Creek.  Maybe, he'd thought at the time, she'd just fly there.  He didn't know a single Indian who liked putting a heavy pack on and walking through neck­breaking terrain, and white people wouldn't venture into a part of the reservation without trails.

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