The Boy Who Made Dragonfly: A Zuni Myth

The Boy Who Made Dragonfly: A Zuni Myth

by Tony Hillerman, Janet Grado
     
 

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As readers of Tony Hillerman's detective novels know, he is a skilled interpreter of southwestern Indian cultures. In this book, first published in 1972, he recounts a Zuni myth first recorded a century ago by the anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing. Hillerman's version of the story, written to be read by children ten years old and up, will have equal appeal for

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As readers of Tony Hillerman's detective novels know, he is a skilled interpreter of southwestern Indian cultures. In this book, first published in 1972, he recounts a Zuni myth first recorded a century ago by the anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing. Hillerman's version of the story, written to be read by children ten years old and up, will have equal appeal for adults with an interest in Native American culture.

"In our society," Hillerman explains, "this would be called a 'Bible story.' Like stories based on the Old Testament, this narrative is intended to teach both the history and morality of a people." It tells the consequences of a drought in which Zuni crops were ruined and the tribe was forced to accept charity from neighboring Hopis.

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Although this book is an excellent one for children of all ages, it should not be reserved solely for them. An impressive work . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826309105
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Pages:
81
Sales rank:
751,101
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.26(d)
Lexile:
1090L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Tony Hillerman (1925-2008) was an award-winning author and newspaperman, best known for his mystery novels set in Navajoland. He was also the author of The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other True Stories (UNM Press).

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date of Birth:
May 27, 1925
Date of Death:
October 26, 2008
Place of Birth:
Sacred Heart, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Education:
B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1946; M.A., University of New Mexico, 1966
Website:
http://tonyhillermanbooks.com

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