Jamake Highwater was an impostor. According to an anonymous essay in Dancing Bear, a blog and online collection of essays having to do with Native American issues, Highwater fabricated his Native American heritage, his family history, his credentials, and even his age. Highwater clearly understands the additional credibility his Indian-ness lends him.
[...] On the back of the book, Kurt Vonnegut calls The Sun, He Dies a “stunning revelation of history through Native American eyes a historical novel of a very high order.” Dee Brown makes the vaguely racist comment that author not only takes a leading place among American Indian writers but has joined the vanguard of all who write in the English language.” She accepts and appreciates his native-ness, but elevates him to the level of white authors because his work was just that good. [...]
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