Hardback 44 pages 11 x 8 inches 17 color paintings ISBN: 0974919586
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Winner of a 2007 Aesop Accolade from the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society
Winner of a Spur Award from Western Writers of America in the Storyteller category
Winner of a Silver IPPY from Independent Publisher for Juvenile/Teen/Young Adult Multicultural Non-fiction
Winner of a Gold Medal from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Multicultural Non-fiction
Award-Winner in the Children's Non-fiction category of the National Best Books 2007 Awards
“A beautiful rendering of story and illustration that needs to be in every library interested in building the diversity of their collection.”—Kirkus Reviews
"A beautifully illustrated and well-documented picture book that will bring joy to many children and help them understand more about the Lakota people."—Brian W. Sturm (Chair) 2007 Aesop Award Committee
Part of the Lakota creation legend and based on centuries of storytelling, Tatanka and the Lakota People tells how the buffalo came to live with the Lakotas, so that they would have life-sustaining food, shelter, and clothing.
Presented in Lakota as well as in English, this book describes the Lakotas’ creation, the trickery that caused them to move from the Underworld and their ultimate survival in this world. Its dynamic color illustrations by Lakota artist Donald F. Montileaux are full of familiar characters, including not only Tatanka the Holy Man but also the Great Spirits and Iktomi the Spider. Together, the words and pictures capture the imagination of children and the interest of adults.
The book includes an introduction and a concluding note from the illustrator, discussing his illustrations and their connection with traditional buffalo-hide paintings.
This book is perfectly suited to young readers who are interested in exploring their own and other cultures.
“The illustrations are characterized by clear vibrant colors and characters that are portrayed in dramatic poses and facial expressions.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Children will enjoy [Montileaux's] big, bright art of people and animals. Montileaux's] respect and love for the [Lakota] culture is evident on every page."—South Dakota Magazine
“The striking and symbolic color paintings add a vivid dimension to the tale. A profound tale, presented with great respect for Lakota culture.”—The Midwest Book Review
"Montileaux's illustrations are simple but striking, and are the perfect accompaniment to the words, which are effectively paired in both languages side-by-side."—Deadwood Magazine
"This is a good choice for libraries seeking folk material."—School Library Journal
"This book's honest and subtle way of portraying the folklore and art of the Lakota people is refreshing."—2007 Aesop Award Committee
"This picture book would work well with older children who can appreciate the paradoxical simplicity of its style and complexity of its mythic and legendary origins."—2007 Aesop Award Committee
"Absolutely authentic."—North Dakota Quarterly
"Donald Montileaux, a well-known and honored Lakota artist, provided the illustrations to go with the story. Montileaux's illustrations are gentle, appealing, and evocative of Lakota traditional culture."—North Dakota History
Click here to listen to a South Dakota Public Radio interview with Donald Montileaux.