Thursday, November 13, 2008

Honoring Native People

During the Thanksgiving season teacher are called to teach about Native American Peoples. I often feel ill equipped to do this. I want to be so careful not to trivialize or generalize contributions or culture of any Native people. The following are some excellent books that introduce the concept of many different tribes, contributions of individual people and legends.
Legends:
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush retold and illustrated by Tomie DePaola
The Legend of the Bluebonnet retold and illustrated by Tomie DePaola
First Biographies:
Squanto by Sonia W Black Illustrated by Bod Doucet
Pocahontas by Kimberly Weinberger Illustrated by Stephen Marchesi
Many Nations An Alphabet of Native America by Joseph Bruchac Illustrated by Robert F. Goetzl