The story of Martiniano, the man who killed the deer, is a timeless story of Pueblo Indian sin and redemption, and of the conflict between Indian and white laws. Martiniano has been six years at the ‘away’ school. He and his wife are outcasts who cannot accept the ways of the Indian or white man. The plot is secondary to the landscape descriptions and Pueblo Indian life and tradition written with a poetically charged beauty of style, a purity of conception, and a thorough understanding of Indian values.
Ohio University Press, 1970 (1942)