Awards & Winners

Jamake Highwater

Jamake Highwater was an American writer and journalist. He was the author of over 30 fiction and non-fiction books of music, art, poetry and history, including Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey, The Sun, He Dies: A Novel About the End of the Aztec World, and The Primal Mind: Vision and Reality in Indian America. He also wrote for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and The Los Angeles Free Press. Highwater was born Jay Marks, an Armenian adopted by a Greek family. Later he changed his name and claimed American Indian ancestry. Highwater was a runner-up for the 1978 Newbery Medal for Anpao. His claims of Native ancestry were heavily disputed by actual American Indian activists, who argued his works were inauthentic and stereotypical and that he received federal grant money illegally. Columnist Jack Anderson also wrote an expose of Highwater/Marks. He died at home in Los Angeles on June 3, 2001.

Awards by Jamake Highwater

Check all the awards nominated and won by Jamake Highwater.


Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Honored for : Song from the Earth: American Indian Painting


Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Honored for : Many Smokes, Many Moons

Nominations 1979 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Jane Addams Children's Book Award Many Smokes, Many Moons


John Newbery Medal
Honored for : Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey

Nominations 1978 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
John Newbery Medal Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey