Sheepeater: To Cry for a Vision


Erik Larson is twelve and orphaned. He has to choose between living with the ghost Indian, known as the Sheepeaters, or stick to his white-man ways and likely perish.

First in the series, Sheepeater: To Cry for a Vision depicts the ways of the Sheepeater Indians on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River during the 1860s. it shows Sheepeater customs and culture while describing a young boy’s struggle to survive.

Finalist for best cultural fiction Next Generation Independent Book Awards

Soft Cover ISBN: 978-0-595-50915-7


It is the early 1860s and twelve-year-old Erik Larson and his Swedish family are headed west in a wagon train from Minnesota to find a valley in pre-Idaho Territory. The family holds high hopes that their new home will provide the happiness they seek-that is, until a deadly illness strikes.

When Erik’s own mother becomes ill, the wagon master decides to push ahead, intent on outracing a blizzard. Unfortunately, winter arrives with a vengeance, and with his sister far ahead in another wagon, Erik is stranded with his parents. After his father experiences a fatal fall, Erik and his mother face a brutal winter-alone on the windswept prairie. Erik is convinced that to survive he must seek help from the Sheepeater Indians. After he meets the Sheepeaters, he deals with prejudice and life-threatening danger and begins to question everything he’s ever believed.

Without the skills to hunt or fish, Erik must confront an agonizing choice-either perish or abandon everything and become a member of the Sheepeaters. A poignant partnership soon unfolds between the Native Americans and a white man who has just one dream-to reunite with his sister.

A novel by Joseph Dorris
Paperback – February 9, 2009

Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: iUniverse; First Edition edition (February 9, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0595509157
ISBN-13: 978-0595509157
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Additional information

Weight18 oz
Dimensions23 × 15.2 × 2.3 cm


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