10 illustrations; For ages 10–12
Bighorn sheep graze on the last of the green grass on Gets-Struck-By-Lightning Mountain in the late fall. Two Hawk’s father and older brother, Night Heron, set off through newly fallen snow to hunt with their dogs. Two Hawk is sad to be left behind, but he has heard the bull elk’s mating call for only seven seasons, too few to be old enough to hunt.
So begins another day for a boy of the Tukudika (Sheep Eater) Shoshones, living in the traditional ways in what will one day be known as Yellowstone National Park. Two Hawk is learning those ways, accompanied by his dog, Gypsum, and a talkative magpie whose secrets only Two Hawk can hear. His adventures, beautifully illustrated by Davíd Joaquín, show Two Hawk, and the reader, the meaning of rituals and responsibilities and the mystical origins of Two Hawk’s name. Only the appearance of the hairy-face man who crosses paths with Two Hawk’s family suggests the vast changes that are soon to shake the Shoshones’ world.
Archaeologist and rock art researcher Lawrence L. Loendorf is president of Sacred Sites Research, which records and analyzes pictograph and petroglyph sites and promotes their protection. Writer and editor Nancy Medaris Stone is the coauthor, with Loendorf, of Mountain Spirit: Sheep Eater Indians of Yellowstone. Davíd Joaquín is a freelance artist and illustrator. His illustrations have appeared in Mountain Spirit: Sheep Eater Indians of Yellowstone.
“This story of a boy named Two Hawk, his family, his dog, Gypsum, and an outspoken magpie on their seasonal journey down from the heights of Yellowstone is a magical tale full of adventure and wisdom.”—Jake Page, author of In the Hands of the Great Spirit: The 20,000–Year History of American Indians