To Cry for a Vision

by Joseph Dorris



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/6/2018

Recognition Programs

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 370
ISBN : 9781532047008
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 370
ISBN : 9781532045325
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 370
ISBN : 9781532045318

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Joseph Dorris grew up in McCall, Idaho and spent much of his childhood hunting, fishing, and hiking the wilderness in which Sheepeater: To Cry for a Vision is set. Joseph has had a lifetime interest in Native American culture, particularly their customs and practices in training the young man and warrior. As an educator, he has developed leadership training materials using Native American practices. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Today, he is retired from the Air Force and lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, Susan, where they have raised three children. Read more at Joseph's web page at or contact him at