For the life of me, I can't remember the name of a book I loaned to my aunt when I was younger. Unfortunately, she passed away a few years ago and her ex-husband sold everything ... so I've never retrieved the book and can't figure out what it was called to repurchase it.
The entire book followed the life of a young Native American boy. Part of the story detailed his mother falling in love with a star - in the story, stars were men who lived in the clouds and became buffalo at night to run across the sky. Anyway, they had a child, and the child came back to earth.
Another part of the story has the boy setting a trap for a wolf - he wraps a knife in meat and submerges it in a pool of water in a leather-lined hole. The water freezes, and when the wolf licks the water to get at the meat, she cuts her tongue and starts to bleed out. He feels guilty and runs in to scare the wolf away.
There are other bits and pieces I can remember, but those are the two most vivid scenes in my mind.
Anyone have an idea?