Moho Wat is from the Sheepeater tribe that lives in the mountains of what is now Yellowstone National Park.
Life is hard for the nine-year-old after a terrible struggle with a mountain lion causes him to lose his left hand.
Although devastated, Moho Wat struggles to overcome his injury and teach himself to hunt – using his feet to hold the bow and arrow. His courage and strength is tested when he attempts to rescue the beautiful Wind Flower, who has been taken captive by an enemy tribe.
Moho Wat realizes he has succeeded when his father says, “My son, today you have proved that you are as good as any man. You have shown your bravery and your goodness. I am proud of you my son, Moho Wat.”
Moho Wat: Sheepeater Boy Attempts a Rescue was the winner of the Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award in 1996.
What readers say about Moho Wat:
“Such a good book. I could NOT put it down and had it read in two hours. Easy enough for children, action packed enough for adults. Full of lessons about the area around Yellowstone National Park and, more importantly, about courage, bravery, patience and self worth.” – Anonymous
“Fascinating story about the native people who lived year round in the mountains of what is now Yellowstone Park. Written for children, the writing style is simple, but the content is interesting.” – Mandy
“The adventure tale will keep kids’ attention… I hope that kids enjoy the story and walk away with some basic understandings such as: People lived in this country before Europeans arrived. They survived without all of the elaborate technology and ‘stuff’ that we have today. They understood their environment. Their feelings were much like our own.” – Judy
“Awesome. Powerful. Survival.” – Anonymous