The Crying for a Vision by Walter Wangerin

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The Crying for a Vision is at once a dramatic account of the rise and fall of the Lakota Indians, and an absorbing allegorical saga of the Lakota orphan Waskn-Mani—Moves Walking. The Crying for a Vision vividly describes Moves Walking’s conflicts with the all-powerful, one-eyed warrior, Fire Thunder, whose rise to power eventually leads to the spiritual destruction of the earth and its people. In the end, it is up to the gentle, nature-conscious Moves Walking to save the world and heal its "elemental sorrow—the anguish of living things when the sacred hoop is broken," and to do so he must make the greatest sacrifice of all.
 

About Walter Wangerin

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Walter Wangerin Jr. is the National Book Award-winning author of "The Book of the Dun Cow". His other books include "The Book of God", "Ragman and Other Cries of Faith", and "Miz Lil and the Chronicles of Grace".
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Simon & Schuster.
Genres: Young Adult, History, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the Moon of the Grass Appearing (April), the child Waskn Mani, or Moves Walking, sits with his grandmother and the Lakota village chief as the great warrior Fire Thunder returns home from a raid.

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In a starred review, PW said that Wangerin ""powerfully conveys the spiritual beliefs and traditions of the Lakota"" in this ""stirring"" adventure of a boy's sacrifice to save his people.

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Wangerin's (Branta and the Golden Stone) epic account of a boy's sacrifice to save a Native American nation from the aftermath of a near-apocalyptic war works both as myth and as a story of the Lakota people.

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