The narrator of this novel of prehistoric Native American culture is Gahrahstah (Picture Maker), a young Ganeogaono woman known for her artistic talents. As Gahrahstah begins a challenging journey through her teen years to adulthood, various cultures in North America are explored and compared. As a young girl, Gahrahstah happily works with her mother and cousins while her father goes off to battle with neighboring tribal enemies. A surprise attack by an Algonquin tribe results in Gahrahstah’s devastating capture and enslavement.
Gahrahstah’s new masters include Hawk Feather, an aggressive, violent tribesman who pushes her to the limit, but her travels don’t end there. In each setting and with each culture she encounters, Gahrahstah shares the story of her adaptation to the people and cultures surrounding her. Even though she is called by many different names, the reader knows that Picture Maker will never forsake her upbringing.
Picture Maker is a fascinating tale that should be on everyone’s reading list. It’s a wonderful story and a fully satisfying read.