Whatever Power I Have
When Johann's dear friend Iron Eyes and a number of other Lakota people perish in a battle with the United States Army, Johann is of course furious and ready to take revenge. Luckily Liesl Herz, the town's nurse and primary healer, sympathizes with him and then suggests that before he confronts the army, consider helping those in need - those left behind. This is a transformative moment for Johann, who is used to action — not reflection — more comfortable with his will, rather than his feelings. But it is exactly what he needs to do in that moment and Johann channels all his feelings and desire to fight ... into authentic service to those in need.
Parent Note: This story references the tragic events of what has come to be known as the "Wounded Knee Massacre". Though the story does not use this particular language, the event is key in the transformation of the main character, Johann. We feel that children who have studied American History and are 8 years or older would have encountered events like this in their studies, but parents should be warned that the death of a particular Lakota friend is an important part of the narrative.