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Native American Night Before Christmas


7th Generation
August 19, 2020

Book Details

This innovative retelling of the classic Christmas tale takes a whimsical look at what Christmas Eve might be like for an American Indian family when Old Red Shirt (the Indian Santa Claus) comes a-calling. He brings with him his team of flying white buffalo to deliver fry bread, commodities, and other goodies. Renowned Cherokee artist Jesse Hummingbird's inspired illustrations transform the author's playful adaptation into a fresh, modern work of art. A delight for people of all ages and cultures. The title was the winner of the 2010 Moonbeam Award for Holiday Books. A glossary is included to explain terms commonly used in Native communities such as fry bread, commodities, and medicine bundles.

Author Description

Award-winning writer and filmmaker Gary Robinson (Choctaw/Cherokee descent) has participated in the production of dozens of Native American educational, informational, and documentary television projects. He is the author of sixteen books, including seven PathFinders teen novels. For more information, visit his website at tribaleyeproductions.com. Jesse T. Hummingbird is a Cherokee artist who has won awards for his paintings at major shows across the country. In 2017, he was selected by the Cherokee Nation as a Cherokee National Living Treasure. Visit jessethummingbird.com for more information.

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