The Butterfly Danceby Gerald Dawavendewa
With its bright, stylized illustrations and distinctive Native voice, this appealing book gives a vivid sense of stepping into another culture. It chronicles one important day seen through the eyes of a young Hopi girl named Sihumana, or "Flower Maiden," who is a member of the Rabbit Clan and winningly portrayed as a rabbit. After going with her grandfather to… See more details below
With its bright, stylized illustrations and distinctive Native voice, this appealing book gives a vivid sense of stepping into another culture. It chronicles one important day seen through the eyes of a young Hopi girl named Sihumana, or "Flower Maiden," who is a member of the Rabbit Clan and winningly portrayed as a rabbit. After going with her grandfather to greet the sun and bless the day, Sihumana travels with family to another village to take part in the traditional Butterfly Dance, performed late each summer in order to bring rain to the dry lands of the Southwest. The tale ends happily with the sound of rain on the roof and the promise of butterflies in the days to come.
Created with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Tales of the People is a series of children's books celebrating Native American culture with illustrations and stories by Indian artists and writers. In addition to the tales themselves, each book also offers four pages filled with information and photographs exploring various aspects of Native culture, including a glossary of words in different Indian languages.
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I have danced in the Hopi Butterfly Dance, as many Hopi maidens have. This book is very inaccurate and does not portray the true Hopi Butterfly dance experience at the Hopi villages. It is a very chopped-up version of the experience and does not follow the actual events. The author was not raised in the Hopi culture and has tried to relate to his Hopi roots in adulthood. The true experience of this dance can only be told by a Hopi person who has participated in the ceremony. I do not recommend using this book to learn about Hopi. This book is a far-reach to try to understand Hopi culture, but as a fairytale, it could be used as a bedtime story.
My grand children were studying Indians of the southwest when this book was recommended to me. It gives a good inside look at the hopi butterfly dance. Their teachers are now using the book in there classrooms.
I really enjoyed reading this book! I thought the story was wonderful and gives great insight to the hopi culture. Illustrations are done quite beautifully, this is definitly a book to keep on your coffee table.