This Land Is My Land

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Internationally-renowned George Littlechild is a member of the Plains Cree nation. Working as an artist is Littlechild's way of healing the pain of the past and helping the next generation of Indian people. His goal is "to heighten the awareness of the history and experiences of Native peoples and to promote understanding among all peoples". He currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

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Overview

Internationally-renowned George Littlechild is a member of the Plains Cree nation. Working as an artist is Littlechild's way of healing the pain of the past and helping the next generation of Indian people. His goal is "to heighten the awareness of the history and experiences of Native peoples and to promote understanding among all peoples". He currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

Using text and his own paintings, the author describes the experiences of Indians of North America in general as well as his experiences growing up as a Plains Cree Indian in Canada.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bold in size, color and image, this book constitutes a stunning gallery of art by a Native American of singular vision. Through mixed-media paintings featuring collage, traditional motifs, stylized figures and a vibrant Matisse-like palette, Littlechild knits his personal stories together with the histories of his forebears (the Plains Cree) and other Native American peoples. The accompanying large-print text is broken down into 17 brief, reflective essays that interpret symbols, introduce the artist's guiding ancestors and document the struggles that have brought Native Americans to their contemporary culture. Childlike in their joy and wondrous appreciation, yet wise in the way of ancestors who lived through oppression and dismantled lives, this volume offers itself as a bridge between the past's pain and the future's potential. Ages 6-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Littlechild's personal observations and autobiographical memories are woven with snippets of history in this short but powerful book. The author is a member of the Plains Cree Nation, the largest Indian nation in Canada. He grew up in Alberta and makes numerous references to the pain and suffering inflicted on his people. He mentions the fact that children were forcefully taken from parents to be ``re-educated'' in boarding schools, the cruelty and abuse many encountered there, and the unlawful seizure of land and other acts of injustice. The author's close connection to his immediate past is represented by a series of sepia-toned photographs of his ancestors, incorporated into some of his paintings. His art is powerful, primitive, and childlike in style-large shapes with little detail. He makes bold use of color, employing unusual juxtaposition. And in spite of the deep symbolism, the paintings are playful and fun. Although the information presented here is not in the form that is usually requested for school reports, it is insightful and deeply touching.-Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY
Janice Del Negro
This picture book for older readers is a handsome, striking showcase for 17 full-color, multimedia paintings by Plains Cree artist Littlechild. Each is introduced by comments from the artist, who reveals the meaning he hoped to communicate in the work. Reflecting on his humorous, rueful painting "Columbus First Saw" in which he pictures a man "totally surprised" by the sight of Columbus, Littlechild notes that "knowing what I do now of our history, I would have offered Columbus a meal and a place to stay and treated him as a guest, but I would not have allowed him to take away our land." The notes for the title painting, "This Land Is My Land", include Littlechild's reflections on whether land can actually be owned and a reminder "that all this land was once Indian land." The book answers the need for multicultural art resources and will serve as a window to Littlechild's work to date.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892391196
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.66 (w) x 12.56 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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