A Cheyenne teen and his tribe struggle for survival with the arrival of technology.

The Winter of the Iron Bow

by William F. ‘Cap’n Billy’ Higbie

This Native American historical fiction book takes place in 1796 on the windswept Northern Plains. It is a coming-of-age story of the life of a teen-aged member of the Cheyenne tribe. Bull Calf‘s needs are those of any adolescent male: he wants to have friends, to be accepted as a grown man, to seek adventure and aches to find true love with a girl, Pretty Day Walking. As Bull Calf leaves his childhood behind to begin his new life as a warrior, his people are also emerging from the Stone Age in their own coming-of-age story, hurtling along on an unavoidable collision course with European technology. The introduction of firearms (“iron bowstrings”) leads to an arms race and war for survival with their enemies, the Absorkas. Having completed his vision quest, and now known by his man-name, Otters Circling, he must prove himself as a warrior and valuable member of his tribe, survive the warrior’s path and return to the girl who has stolen his heart. The author spent two years on the Cheyenne reservation researching his book for authenticity. This deeply researched novel is excellent for readers of all ages from 9 to 99.

ISBN 978-0-985243-10-4 • 6×9 paperback • 228 pgs • $15.95

Having spent over 30 years teaching English at the high school and college levels, William Higbie has studied the Cheyenne culture extensively. He was awarded a Geraldine Dodge Foundation grant to explore the tribe’s traditions while living with a Cheyenne host family on their Montana Reservation. He has contributed historical and ethnological articles to several national publications and wrote a young reader’s novel, A Circle of Power (Eagle’s View,1991). He is a NRA certified black powder instructor and a member of the Western Writers of America. He is also a historical re-enactor known as Cap’n Billy.