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Sat-Okh (c. 1920 – July 3, 2003), also known as Stanisław Supłatowicz, was a soldier in the Polish Resistance during World War II and a celebrated children's author. He claimed to be Polish-Shawnee and to have grown up in Canada among Native Americans and was an important figure in the Polish "indianist" movement.

Early life and education[edit]

Stanisław Supłatowicz claimed to be a son of a Polish mother and Shawnee father, born in Canada and reared among his father's people.[1]

Military career[edit]

Stanisław Supłatowicz joined the Polish resistance movement during the German occupation, earning several medals. After the war, he enlisted in the Polish Navy, where he served for six years.

Literary career[edit]

Under the name Sat Okh, Stanisław Supłatowicz published several autobiographical novels for children in Polish, which were translated into several European languages. The books describe a boy's childhood and coming of age among the Native American tribe in the Northwest Territories in the 1930s, but contain many descriptions of Native American life and customs more appropriate to an earlier time and other geographical locations.

Sat Okh died in Gdańsk on July 3, 2003.


  • Ziemia słonych skał (The Land of Salt Rocks) (1958)
  • Biały mustang (White Mustang) (1959)
  • Dorogi schodjatsja (Roads Merge) (in Russian with Antonina Rasulova) (1973)
  • Powstanie człowieka (The Emergence of Man) (1981)
  • Fort nad Athabaską (Fort over Athabaska) (with Yackta-Oya) (1985)
  • Głos prerii (Sounds of the Prairie) (1990)
  • Tajemnica Rzeki Bobrów (The Mystery of Beaver River) (1996)
  • Serce Chippewaya (Chippewa's Heart) (1999)
  • Walczący Lenapa (Fighting Lenapa) (2001)

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