Native American Picture Books of Change

Item No: 33678

$ 32.00

  • Illustrated with 150 enchanting paintings and historical photographs, some from as early as 1922, the author describes the history and motivation behind some of the most exceptional children's books published in the U.S. These picture book readers, originally developed for use in Indian schools during the New Deal, represent the first Native-centered texts used in Bureau of Indian Affairs curriculum. They were written by lauded writers, ethnologists and linguists, and illustrated with the stunning work of emerging and prominent Native American artists.

    • Author: Rebecca C. Benes
    • Hardcover: 168 pages
    • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press; 1ST edition (April 1, 2004)
    • ISBN-10: 0890134715
    • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 11.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Rebecca C. Benes has explored a lifetime interest in children’s literature as a gallery owner, a librarian and as an adjunct professor of children’s literature. She lives in the Denver area.
  • This is the story of the children’s books of the last century beautifully illustrated by Native American artists. In the 1920s the Bureau of Indian Affairs brought together writers, ethnologist, linguists and emerging Indian artists to create and illustrate a literature for Indian students based on Native oral traditions and narratives about Indian Life. Benes’ book documents four decades of these storybooks for Pueblo, Hopi, Navajo and Sioux children.
  • At Shumakolowa we are proud to sell rare and hard-to-find books that celebrate Native American and Pueblo culture, history and art. Our selection of books has been carefully curated by our team of experts to inspire and provide insight into these unique art forms.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we are proud to bring you books, music and films that celebrate and illuminate Native American artists and the original authentic art forms that are distinctive to Native Americans of the Southwest. These works are written, produced, directed or recorded by Native American authors, filmmakers and musicians or were created in consultation with Native American experts. In our unique collection of media, we bring you the finest scholarly books recognized for their nuanced exploration of Native American culture; music that comes out of Native traditions of prayer, song and dance; and films that use the voices of Native American people to examine their stories, art and history.
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