Gr 6 Up-A combination of autobiographical commentary and background information. Facts about the Chippewas' northern Minnesota lake-country home and occupations are explained and illustrated with photographs and DesJarlait's paintings, but most of the text is devoted to the artist's own words. He tells his story from his birth on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in 1921 through his education and career as a commercial artist. He makes clear his need to develop a personal style with which to record and interpret the customs and crafts of his people, a style that seems influenced by Diego Rivera and the Cubists. This book is useful in its respectful delivery of information about the Chippewas in mainstream America and in demonstrating that individuals of any ethnic group need not develop stereotypes in order to honor that group or to make a successful career in art. The layout incorporates full-color reproductions of DesJarlait's paintings with black-and-white historical photographs and an easy-to-read typeface. However, the historical material is printed on a birchbark background that partially obscures the text.-Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
This biography, based on taped interviews, relates the story of Patrick DesJarlait, an artist noted for his paintings of his people, the Chippewa of Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota. The revised edition of a book first published in 1975, this volume features many more illustrations than the original, including photographs of people and places as well as more full-color reproductions of DesJarlait's art.