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Father Eagle and the Hunter


7th Generation
December 8, 2022

Book Details

This delightful tale highlights how Indigenous people lived in close harmony with nature and could even communicate with animals. The hunter was tired of only finding berries and seeds to feed his hungry village, so he decided to look far and wide for some meat to bring to them. When he spotted a tall tree, he climbed to the top and discovered a nest with three eaglets. "What a tasty soup the three little birds will make!" thought the hunter. Hearing the warning cries of the eaglets, Father Eagle flew to their rescue. Father Eagle told the hunter that if he did not take the eaglets, he would ask the Great Spirit to help the village. The hunter decided to trust Father Eagle and watched him soar high into the sky. Father Eagle returned and told the hunter that the Great Spirit would help his people and would not let his village perish. From that day forward, the game was plentiful, the people flourished, and the Eagle was forever respected and honored.

Author Description

Alfreda Beartrack-Algeo is a storyteller, poet, artist and illustrator. She is also the author of two other children's picture books, Father Eagle and the Hunter and The Day the Earth Rose Up, her Lakota version of the story of the Pleiades star constellation. She is a member of the Lower Brule Lakota Nation, Kul Wicasa Oyate, Lower Brule, South Dakota. Alfreda grew up surrounded by her tiyóspaye, her circle of family and friends and uses stories she heard as a child, along with various art forms, in all her work. "As long as I have a story left to tell, I feel I have a responsibility to gift that story forward." Alfreda lives with her partner in beautiful Palisade, Colorado.

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