Jamake Highwater 1942–
(Also writes under pseudonym J Marks) American novelist, biographer, playwright, journalist, and nonfiction writer. Highwater, the son of a Blackfoot and a Cherokee Indian, is noted for his authentic presentations of Amerindian culture to a young adult audience. Highwater holds degrees in music and anthropology, and both areas have served as subjects for his books. Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey is generally considered his most successful work. It has been compared to Homer's Odyssey for the way in which it blends oral tradition with the exciting adventures of a young man. In Song from the Earth Highwater explores the Indian conception of great art as art which contains "good spirit" as opposed to "beauty." In a like manner, he presents the Indian view of dance in Dance: Ritual of Experience. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 65-68.)
A picture-text book à la the fantastically popular "The Medium Is the Massage," [Rock and Other Four Letter Words] seems to us to be a far more successful and appropriate use of the wayout layout. At any rate, we think it's groovy; it rocks along with surprises on every page … and reveals the world of rock music with more excitement than one expects to see in a book. The author claims that the format is based on the standard 32-bar rock melody (melody!?!); that the book builds to crescendos and that it is a circle, with no beginning and no end. Yes, well. There are murder mysteries based on chess problems, too, and we don't dig chess. But we dig the Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and others, and they are all in this book. (p. 51)
Publishers Weekly (reprinted from the November 11, 1968, issue of Publishers Weekly by permission of the critic, published by R. R. Bowker Company, a Xerox company; copyright © 1968 by Xerox Corporation). November 11, 1968.