Fiction and American Indians

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The Powwow Highway: A Novel

David Seals

Philbert Bono and Buddy Red Bird are about to prove that the spirit of the great warriors is still alive and kicking. Their “war pony,” a burned-out, rusty 1964 Buick LeSabre, has left a trail of dust from Montana’s Lame Deer Reservation halfway down Interstate 25 as they take off to bail Buddy’s sister out of jail. The basis for the great movie of the same name, this quiet debut novel, first published in 1979, has become a classic of American Indian literature.


David Seals lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.


"Irresistible . . . inspired . . . deeply satisfying.”


Los Angeles Times

“Takes us into the places where Indians live . . . their jokes, their lovemaking, their hearts. . . . Leaves me feeling as if I had made the journey myself.”


Denver Post

“An up-to-date account of being Indian in America. . . . A tale of visions and magic, told with irreverent reverence.”


Santa Fe Reporter

6 x 9 in. 304 pages