Ghost and Lone Warrior: An Arapaho Legend, The OUT OF PRINT
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher. The Ghost and Lone Warrior: An Arapaho Legend is a retelling of a traditional Arapaho legend previously told by Dee Brown in "The Lame Warrior and the Skeleton". Mohawk artist and storyteller C. J. Taylor presents this retelling in the children's picture book. The story begins long ago when these Plains People hunted the buffalo herds on foot. This was a time long before the first arrival of horses. This particular camp of hunters went out hunting one fall morning seeking the buffalo. During the search one of the men slipped on a rock and injured his ankle. Ignoring the pain for a time this man, Lone Warrior, felt it should heal quickly. But he could no longer ignore the pain and swelling and could no longer walk with the other hunters. His friends built him a lean-to for protection and gathered fire wood for his convenience. Lone Warrior sent the others on their way and all promised to meet soon. But a winter blizzard intervened and Lone Warrior was left alone in his lean-to. His food was gone but his ankle was still unable to bear weight. He knew he had to find food soon and managed to drag himself out onto the land. Suddenly Lone Warrior was faced with a wonderful sight. Thousands of buffalo had gathered to also find food. Lone Warrior took his bow and arrow and managed to take a buffalo. Lone Warrior gave thanks for the gift of food and he managed to drag some of the meat back to his meager camp. Cooking some of meat took time but finally Lone Warrior was ready to partake. But suddenly Lone Warrior heard a strange noise. He knew it was not his fellow hunters and tried hard to show no fear when a strange ghost-like skeleton in a red robe approached. Lone Warrior learned that the ghost-skeleton was a former leader and had caused Lone Warrior's ankle problem. Lone Warrior was shocked but showed no fear. The Ghost told Lone Warrior that his courage and endurance was tested and that Lone Warrior would be a suitable leader. Lone Warrior noticed that his ankle was healed and he walked with the ghost-skeleton back to his camp. On the way Lone Warrior also learned that his life had been spared but all his fellow hunters had been ambushed by enemies. Lone Warrior returned home and became a chief of his people. He often returned to the mountains to recall his time of hardship and felt the presence of the helpful ghost-skeleton. Taylor ends the story with a brief description of the Plains Arapaho and their transformation to a horse culture. Strong full-colour illustrations accompany the story and capture the main highlights of the legend. This legend shows how one individual can show courage and endurance and become a true hero. A French edition, Guerrier-Solitaire et le fantome, is also available.