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Taos Pueblo Spring

Overview

Publisher
7th Generation
Released
May 30, 2023
ISBN
9781570672187
Format
ePub
Category
Children's

Book Details

This illustrations-only book tells the story of the Red Willow People of Taos Pueblo in present-day northern New Mexico. Taos Pueblo is known to be one of the longest continuously inhabited communities, designated both a UNESCO World heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. This delightful board book is part of the Taos Pueblo Four Seasons series which was created by the Taos Pueblo's Tiwa Language Program to preserve the Tiwa culture and revitalize the unwritten Tiwa language by teaching it to younger generations. Many other Indigenous languages also need to be revitalized, so it is the hope of the Taos Pueblo's Tiwa Language Program that other American Indian nations will find the books useful to teach their languages to their children. Each season features a distinct and well-known Taos Pueblo artist. The beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations will also educate young children about the four seasons of the year and the plants and animals in the area. All proceeds of the book support the Taos Pueblo's Tiwa Language Program.

Author Description

A self-taught artist, Frank Rain Leaf was influenced by observing his grandfather, Little Joe Gomez, who employed various mediums, such as pencil, to do sketches. This enabled Frank to develop his own special way of illustrating and painting. Drawing from memories of his youth in the village, his art captures the scenery and wildlife of the Taos Mountains. An elder councilman, Frank believes in the traditional way of life and is a strong supporter of tribal language revitalization. He is a famous championship hoop dancer and powwow fancy dancer and has performed in Disneyland. He also provided the artwork for the Taos Pueblo Nation's tribal seal.

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