The context: A teacher who likes Bearstone asked a professor to address her class about "American Indian myths and folklore, religion and burial practices, etc." The professor read Bearstone and suggested she critique it for the students. The teacher balked at this idea.
Desecrations and Desires: White Male Fantasy in Will Hobbs’ Bearstone
By Jane Haladay, Ph.D.
We were definitely looking at Bearstone differently. I was looking at a book I hoped would offer the junior high school students, Native and non, of rural Southeastern North Carolina a tale that both outlined and explained some of the reasons around the complexities of being a Native adolescent in the twentieth century; a story in which the way out of the troubled adolescence of one Native boy did not automatically require rescue by yet another incarnation of the Great White Father; a novel in which a young Ute man who was raised by his traditional grandmother would at least have known, despite having left his community for extended periods of time, that to steal a burial item from an infant ancestor was an unthinkable, egotistical breach.