Children of Clay - A Family of Pueblo Potters is an intimate and engaging look at the Santa Clara Pueblo family of potters from northern New Mexico. Rina Swentwell who comes from a large family of Pueblo potters writes this insider's view for young readers. The colour photographs and informative text follow Gia Rose, a great-grandmother, as she shows her grandchildren the step-by-step process of creating the distinctive Southwest pottery. The traditional story of how pottery came to the people is included. Maps, glossary, and bibliography are also provided.
Art of the Far North: Inuit Sculpture, Drawing, and Printmaking introduces elementary level students to the art forms of the Inuit. The book examines the art of twelve Inuit artists who create sculpture, drawings and prints. The author describes the climate, history and culture as background for understanding the art. She selects seven themes: dreams, storytelling, the sun and changing seasons, the hunt, shamans, drum dancing, and modern life. For each theme she explores several pieces of art that reflect the theme and explains the artist's intention through direct quotes.
Four Seasons of Corn - A Winnebago Tradition is the story of a twelve-year-old boy as he learns how to plant and harvest corn from his Winnebago grandfather. This modern family that resides in an urban centre maintains the tradition of planting corn. They travel to a farm where they plant corn. In the fall they harvest and dry the corn. The text includes the importance of the Green Corn Ceremony among the Winnebago as a time for giving thanks for the corn. A recipe for dried corn soup is included in this sensitive and informative volume.
Powwow Summer - A Family Celebrates the Circle of Life tells about the lifestyle of a contemporary Ojibway family. The Downwinds live on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. They have five children and foster an additional five. The parents follow the traditional teachings and attend traditional powwows during the summer. The author describes the lifestyle of this family and incorporates issues of birth, death, celebration and thanksgiving within the four directions framework. Colour photographs of family interaction and the powwow are portrayed with sensitivity.
OUT OF PRINT A Story To Tell: Traditions of a Tlingit Community is the photo essay of eleven-year old Marissa Kraus, a Tlingit girl who visits her grandmother's village of Kake, Alaska. The visit encourages Marissa to ask her grandmother about her ancestry and how the village looked during her grandmother's youth. Grandmother and granddaughter walk around the village and the grandmother shares her community's history. Visits to relatives introduce Marissa to salmon fishing, drying and preserving salmon, totem poles, the importance of the potlatch, as well as family clans.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Weaving A California Tradition: A Native American Basketmaker is a photo essay about an eleven-year-old Western Mono girl as she demonstrates her knowledge of the centuries old tradition of basketmaking. Baskets were a necessity for the Indians of California. Today California Indian women continue this traditional art form. Carly Tex and her family make baskets.