Flashback Review: Secret of the Stars by Gitz Crazyboy

Secret of the Stars is the story of a young man and his quest to find the four stars that he saw fall from the sky when he was a child. With each star there is some truth discovered, and he takes the stars to the building room, where he lets them go. They are put on a corpus and he is sent on his way again, to venture through life and seek the next star.

The everyday events of life intersect with dreams and the real and the magical are woven together into a tapestry, producing one beautiful story that is infused with simple but profound truths.

“I cried every day for a reality that just was no longer there … Everywhere I went I was looking to find you and every time I couldn’t find you or recreate you it had me dying on the inside.”
Gitz Crazyboy, Secret of the Stars

Many years ago, I heard someone tell a story about a man who lamented that when he tried to read important texts he couldn’t keep all the words in his heart. He was instructed to take a crusty old basket and capture the water. And by the time they returned from scooping a basket from the well the water had slipped through the cracks and was gone. The man despaired of the task, thinking it was pointless, but the person who instructed them to get the water pointed at the basket, which was now clean, and told the man that reading the texts had the same power. The words had cleaned his heart.

This is one of those books you read to let it cut through you with its lessons and clean your heart at the same time. It’s soul food. Reading it will be your journey, if you are willing to open yourself up to the experience, and I highly recommend that you do. The journey will reveal what happens to the corpus and the stars and the ultimate lessons learned.

(Note: This isn’t a book you read for plot. My impression is that it’s more of an oral telling transferred to written form, and that is something to be mindful of, because Native Persons have a rich oral tradition. This is the first time that I’ve read a book and wanted to go out and buy it on audio so that I could listen to the story.

This review first appeared at Goodreads. I would like to note that at the time I wrote this review, I did not know Gitz Crazyboy. I am sharing it as part of our celebration of National Indigenous People’s Day, which is observed on June 21 in Canada.