The Days of Mawatani by Cecile Ouellet
The Boy Who Turned Himself Around

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Ouellet provides an intense sense of history and level of anthropological detail without sacrificing emotional power or narrative flow.
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"What happens when an event occurs that impacts a young boy to such an extent that it challenges all he has been taught, and interferes with who he hoped to become?

Mawatani is a 12 year old Oglala Lakota boy at the turn of the 19th century. He has shown leadership skills all his life. His people see him as a future leader.

On an outing with his father, disaster strikes. A lightning bolt strikes a tree, killing his father. Mawatani's leg is crushed by the falling tree.Each day during the next year, he becomes more of a cripple in his mind.

A dramatic event happens, forcing Mawatani to respond in ways he thought no longer possible. With the help of his people, he begins to regain self confidence. His perspective of life is renewed and
enhanced by the wisdom of a holy man, who helps him interpret his dreams and visions. He discovers gifts of which he was unaware.

The story follows the times of enthusiasm and exhileration, and those of discouragement, frustration, and fear. This leads to Mawatani's vision quest and the message of who he is to become."
 

About Cecile Ouellet

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Raised on a Paiute reservation, Cecile never lost interest in Native culture, developing particular interest in the Sioux Nation. For her book, she chose the Oglala Sioux because of their location. Over the years she has gained much respect for Native culture, and believes we could learn much from them.
 
Published April 18, 2012 by Trafford. 195 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Ouellet provides an intense sense of history and level of anthropological detail without sacrificing emotional power or narrative flow.

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