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Wind from an Enemy Sky

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A tragedy of good intentions gone hopelessly wrong, "Wind from an Enemy Sky" tells the story of the Little Elk People, a fictional Northwestern tribe. Through the eyes of Antoine, grandson of the tribal leader, we see the tribe attempt to overcome their demoralization at the hands of advancing white civilization.

The Indians respond to the building of a dam by trying to gai
Paperback, 265 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by University of New Mexico Press (first published October 1978)
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Jul 26, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
In the second, and last, of his novels, McNickle continues to impress. Wind from an Enemy Sky tells the story of a cast of characters whose lives come to intersect around the building of a dam. As innocuous as this sounds, the building of the dam is the catalyst to the destruction of several ways of life. Through misunderstanding and misunderstanding, two cultures come to collide, even as both make strides towards reconciliation. Having just finished this novel, I am still mulling over its impli ...more
Oct 01, 2007 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
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does it make me shallow that I don't like depressing books all that much?
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Sep 23, 2015 Pvt. Ambrose rated it really liked it
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This book is a rarity of treasures amidst Native American canon literature. The way it's executed, it's surprising that it's not widely considered a classic--it fits the mold. With complex chronology, complicated structure, and intense Steinbeck-esque description, McNickle certainly had the mentality of an immortal courier of important messages.

The author's thesis is that Native Americans and the invasive Anglos cannot possibly reside with one another in harmony. Through a story laden with theme
Sep 25, 2013 Hilary rated it liked it
Wind from an Enemy Sky is the story of an indian tribe as it tries to balance the new "white man" ways with the traditional indian ways. It is also about the conflict between two brothers, each who chose a different path to live and influenced the entire tribe with those choices. Family is sometimes the people we have the most conflict with but it is only because they are the people we love the most. I was able to see from this story that the laws and morals of the white man really were foreign ...more
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Mar 18, 2015 Becky Jenson Straub rated it liked it
What a sad, odd story. It is an work of fiction, but is based on actual tribal relations with the government in the 1960's. The story tried to show both sides. I'm not sure if I actually liked the story, but I do think my brain grew a little in the area of Native American knowledge.
Apr 20, 2014 Silvia rated it really liked it
Interesting book.
Sep 27, 2014 Janine rated it liked it
I found this story rather slow and I didn't care for the ending. I feel that it was written from an outsider perspective trying to force their knowledge and make it feel authentic. It just wasn't authentic for me.
Trisha Carlson
Mar 05, 2014 Trisha Carlson rated it liked it
could be an interesting one to teach with tie ins to: MT history, Native American history, identity, cultural clashes, manifest destiny, expansion, homesteading
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Jun 25, 2012 Christina Bouwens rated it really liked it
A powerful narrative with rich dialogue -- the best of the Native American novels I have read for my summer seminar, by far. Thought-provoking and meant to stick in the gut like any good storytelling will do.
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...the last page...BAM!
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