Native American Picture Books of Change: The Art of Historic Children's Editions

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"This is the story of the children's books of the last century beautifully illustrated by Native American artists." "In the era beginning with the 1920s, a quiet revolution was stirring the U.S. federal government's approach to Indian education. Radical for its time, the Bureau of Indian Affairs adopted a policy that brought together writers, ethnologists, linguists, and emerging Indian artists to create and illustrate a literature for Indian students based on Native oral traditions and narratives about Indian life." "Native American Picture Books of Change documents four decades of these storybook for Pueblo, Hopi, Navajo, and Sioux children. A body of work largely lost to history with the dismantling of the programs that brought them forth, these classics of Indian art and Indian-centered cultural education are presented collectively for the first time and placed in the context of Native American self-determination." "These English and bilingual books showcase many of the important emerging Indian artists of the period, including Andrew Tsinajinnie, Hoke Denetsosie, Velino Herrera, Oscar Howe, Allan Houser, Pablita Velarde, and many other exceptional illustrators and painters. Writers and folklorists include Elizabeth DeHuff, who collected oral folklore for Taytay's Tales, illustrated by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie; and the prolific Ann Nolan Clark, a talented teacher whose lyrical In My Mother's House has remained in print for more than sixty years." Native American Picture Books of Change presents one hundred fifty illustrations drawn from fifty historic children's editions that gave us some of the finest, most inspired picture books ever published.
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Publishers Weekly
Directed to an adult audience, the abundantly illustrated Native American Picture Books of Change: The Art of Historic Children's Editions by Rebecca Benes examines the earliest Native American children's books, many commissioned by the Bureau for Indian Affairs to create educational primers and books that reflected Native traditions. Benes discusses the development of the distinctly Native American aesthetic of the illustrations (done by Native artists) as well as the difficulties of converting stories that had been passed down via oral tradition into written form. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Beautifully illustrated with over 100 color plates and 44 black-and-white illustrations and offering fascinating accounts of the preservation of Native American stories, this important book will greatly benefit the fields of both children's and Native American literature. Benes, a former librarian and a gallery owner, begins her discussion with Elizabeth DeHuff's books from the 1920s, describing how certain enlightened federal officials authorized bilingual picture books intended for native children and printed on three native school presses in the 1940s. These "Indian Life Readers" were written in English alongside either Navajo, Sioux (Lakota), Hopi, or Spanish (for the Pueblo series). Early writers, such as Ann Nolan Clark, tended to be local nonnatives (often teachers) who believed in formally educating the children in their own languages and traditions. Benes also discusses later 20th-century children's books by native authors. Many of the illustrators (e.g., Fred Kabotie) had been art students at the native schools in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Phoenix. Enthusiastically recommended for school, public, and academic libraries.-Anne Marie Lane, Toppan Rare Books Lib., Univ. of Wyoming Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890134719
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 Telling grandfather's stories 7
Ch. 2 Picture books of Pueblo life 21
Ch. 3 Indian life readers : Pueblo series 45
Ch. 4 Indian life readers : Navajo series 57
Ch. 5 Indian life readers : Sioux series 81
Ch. 6 Indian life readers : Hopi series 97
Ch. 7 Native American illustration at midcentury 109
Ch. 8 Circle of change 127
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