Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Published under the name J. Marks, the early works of Jamake Highwater include Rock and Other Four Letter Words (1968) and Mick Jagger: The Singer, Not the Song (1973). Moonsong Lullaby (1981), relating the importance of the moon in American Indian culture, is a tale for young children. Highwater also published books on Native American painting, artists, and history through art as well as on Native American dance and ceremonies. Other book-length publications include five editions of Europe Under Twenty-five: A Young Person’s Guide (1971) and Indian America: A Cultural and Travel Guide (1975). This latter book, the first Fodor’s guide on American Indians, is important as not only a guide for tourists but also a study of the history and cultures of American Indians. Highwater also wrote short fiction, magazine articles, and scripts for television shows.

Highwater published the nonfiction work The Language of Vision: Meditations on Myth and Metaphor in 1994. Songs for the Seasons (1995) is a children’s book in which Highwater tells a tale of two red-tailed hawks. He interprets the lifestyle changes facing the hawks during different seasons. Illustrations in the book are by Sandra Speidel. The Mythology of Transgression: Homosexuality as Metaphor (1997) is a weighty essay focused on the homophobia of Western culture.