Om-kas-toe: Blackfeet Twin Captures an Elkdog

Om-kas-toe: Blackfeet Twin Captures an Elkdog

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by Kenneth Thomasma
     
 

Three hundred years ago the Blackfeet tribe wandered the northern plains in search of the buffalo they needed for meat and hides. The braves hunted on foot, which made stalking and killing the large animals very dangerous. The women and children followed, using backpacks and dogs to carry their belongings.

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Overview

Three hundred years ago the Blackfeet tribe wandered the northern plains in search of the buffalo they needed for meat and hides. The braves hunted on foot, which made stalking and killing the large animals very dangerous. The women and children followed, using backpacks and dogs to carry their belongings.

Young Om-kas-toe longs for the day when he can take his place as a brave. He doesn't have to wait long for adventure, however. While serving as lookouts he and his twin sister discover a strange animal that has never before been seen by the Blackfeet tribe.

The animal is a horse; the tribe calls it an elkdog. Life in the tribe is never the same after the first elkdog is discovered and captured. For many years the story of the twins and the first elkdog is told around Blackfeet fires.

This book is an exciting story for children or families interested in Native American History, Western History, horses or just looking for an all-around great read! Thomasma's research is thorough, his writing accurate and his ability to keep his audience on the edge of their seats is stellar!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015913323
Publisher:
Grandview Publishing
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Series:
Amazing Indian Children , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
215
Sales rank:
623,347
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ken Thomasma was born in Michigan in 1930, and graduated from South High School in 1948.

From 1949 through 1950, Thomasma attended Grand Rapids Junior College before enlisting in the United States Navy. During the Korean War, Thomasma served for a year. Upon his return to Michigan, he enrolled in Calvin College in Grand Rapids; he earned his A.B. in 1953. During the summer of 1952, Thomasma had his first experience as a YMCA camp counselor: a job that he would enjoy deeply, and would eventually lead Thomasma to the West. The following summer, after graduation, Thomasma was hired as the Program Director of Camp Blodgett for inner city children.

After his summer on the shores of Lake Michigan at Camp Blodgett, Thomasma began teaching sixth grade at Mulick Park Elementary School. Five years later, in 1958, Thomasma became principal of that elementary school.

During his time in Grand Rapids, Thomasma met his future wife, Barbara. On June 16, 1955, they were married. Their son, Dan, was born in December of the following year. Thomasma returned to his position Camp Blodgett during the summers of 1956 and 1957. In 1958, after completing his Masters' Degree at the University of Michigan, Thomasma left Mulick Park Elementary and took the position of principal of Ridgeview Junior High. He stayed at Ridgeview until 1964, when he accepted a teaching position at Ken-O-Sha Elementary School.

Back in Michigan, Thomasma's career in education continued to flourish. In 1969, Thomasma left Ken-O-Sha Elementary to teach as a professor for two years at Grand Valley State College.

In the summer of 1973, the Thomasma family purchased one acre of land near the southern border of Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Thomasma continued his career in education, but this time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. From 1977 until 1979, Thomasma taught at the Jackson Hole Middle School. In 1979, both Ken and his wife, Barbara, began teaching at Kelly Elementary School north of Jackson Hole. During his time at Kelly, Thomasma wrote his first book, Naya Nuki: Girl Who Ran. It was completed and published in 1983. In 1986, Naya Nuki was awarded the Wyoming Library Indian Paintbrush Book Award.

Since retiring from teaching, Thomasma has written nine more books: eight more titles in the Amazing Indian Children Series as well as the extremely-popular non-fiction title, The Truth About Sacajawea.

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