Skywoman: Legends of the Iroquoisby Joanne Shenandoah-Tekalibwa, John Kahionhes-Fadden
When Skywoman falls from the upper world, the birds and animals living in the watery place below must catch her and create ground on which she can stand. Thus Turtle Island, the earth, is born. In this beautifully illustrated book, two Native American writers tell the ancient stories of the Iroquois peoples. Beginning with Skyworld and the creation of Earth, the authors weave together tales of creation, of the bravery of children and the compassion of animals, stories of greed and cruelty, reverence, adventure and wonder. The final story tells of the Iroquois Peacemaker and the woman who spread his message among the warring peoples of the northeast. The Great Law of the Peacemaker is preserved by the peoples of the Iroquois Confederacy to this day. In their beautiful and haunting drawings and paintings, John Fadden and his son David capture the spirit of stories they have known all their lives. Skywoman is storytelling at its best. It will be enjoyed by young and old, by everyone who treasures the wisdom and traditions of the first Americans.
About the Authors:
Joanne Shenandoah-Tekalihwa:Khwa, a Wolf Clan member of Iroquois Confederacy, Oneida Nation, was selected 1994 Native Musician of the Year by the First Americans in the Arts Foundation, for preserving traditional values in the field of contemporary music. The winner of many other awards, she has made numerous recordings in the United States and abroad of music ranging from traditional chants to contemporary ballads about Native ways. Joanne Shenandoah resides in Oneida Iroquois Territory, New York with her husband, Douglas George, and their children.
Douglas M. George-Kanentiio is an award-winning freelance columnist for the "Syracuse Herald Journal" in Syracuse, New York, and a Native of the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, Mohawk Nation. Nationally recognized as an authority on Iroquois politics and culture, he has served as advisor, producer, and script-writer for national television documentaries on Iroquois subjects.
John Kahionhes Fadden is a renowned artist and illustrator, now retired from a long career in art education. His son David Kanietakeron Fadden is a recognized artist and illustrator. Both are members of the Mohawk Nation.
- Clear Light Publishers
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- Edition description:
- New Edition
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
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