Children of the Tipi Review & Giveaway
During spring vacation we visited the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. It is one of our favorite things to do. This time my kids especially enjoyed the shark exhibit! Me, I was humbled all over again by the poster that greets you. It quotes Dunford & O’Brien’s Secrets in the Sand…
When the Pilgrims first stepped upon the shores of Cape Cod Bay in the cold, forbidding November of 1620, they found not a new world but an old one – an ancient landscape that bore the traces of 10,000 years of human endeavor. Fields, gardens, villages, and well-worn paths had been etched indelibly into a mosaic of environments that in 1620 defined Cape Cod.
Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days is a scrapbook of photos, artifacts, and quotes from native people who remember what nomadic life was like on the Plains. All aspects of traditional life are touched upon from meals, family roles, and play to values and attitudes about nature and life. This book is edited by Michael Oren Fitzgerald who has written and/or edited more than 15 Native American books which have received many awards and are used in many schools.
I was initially surprised to not see commentary to tie the quotes with the images and string one section to the next but after a few pages I think I got it. The quotes and image match-ups are both informative and poetic. Each page is meant to be paused and pondered. We discussed and we used our imaginations to bring these memories to life! Also I ended up browsing through it a second and third time to study the images which are fascinating!
This is from my favorite quote in the book…
The old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth.
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. He knew that lack of respect for growing, living things led to lack of respect for humans. So he kept his youth close to nature.
-Standing Bear, Oglala Lakota
I also really like one about how they tamed horses with kindness and one about what it means to be brave…
The truly brave man yields neither to fear nor anger, desire nor agony. He is at all times the master of himself.
-Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa), Wahpeton Dakota
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I definitely recommend checking out this book!
Also get inspired by this great book to get in touch with nature, tell stories, or make crafts like a coil pot out of air dry clay or corn husk dolls!
I love going to Plimoth Plantation and visiting the native Wampanoag Homesite. Please share a favorite book, film, exhibit, or place from which you have enjoyed learning about Native Americans.
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Thank you Wisdom Tales for the review and giveaway copies of this book!
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