From a Nazi prison camp to the rocky mesas of Hopi, Arizona, Robert
boissiere takes the reader on a literary and spiritual vogage of
the first magnitude. A Frenchman, dispossessed of his land in the
Second World War, the author arrives in America homeless, and finds
a permanent place among two different Indian tribes in the American
Southwest. The Hopis accept him as one of them because -- in spirit
-- he is one of them, even when he is breaking a rule he knows
"Leslie, ' I began impatiently, as everyone silently dipped
their fingers in the bowl of rabbit stew. A long silence followed.
I imagined my relationship with my Hopi family ruined by the
audacity of my mouth. A sacrilege, I though, speaking when I am not
supposed to. Then, Leslie and his family burst into a loud
While living, and learning, at Taos Pueblo in New Mexico (the
first white man to do so) Boissiere finds his second home and his
great love, Po Pai Mo, the woman he marries. His search for White
Buffalo Woman over, his life as an Indian -- begun at Hopi -- now
matures as his new wife teaches him the ways of her people. The
gift of knowledge she gives him in this enchanting tale completes
the journey of the man without a country. Rooted at last, secure in
his life with Po Pai Mo, Robert boissiere learns how to live, how
to love, and how to die.
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