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From Lumbee author Arvis Boughman comes the first ever Lumbee legend to take the form of a children's picture book. In this story within a story, young Chicora tells the adults in her community about her encounter with the little people, and a mysterious new type of rainbow-colored corn that they created. Even as the adults mock her telling of this "fanciful" tale, Chicora continues on to tell them that while the little people wanted Lumbees to be afraid of this new, odd-looking corn, it is actually a blessing that they should celebrate.
Chicora assures the adults in her community that this new corn is good to eat, and proves it to the distrustful group, by taking a big bite of it herself. Just as she does this, a respected Lumbee elder, Chief Eno, confirms Chicora's story to the people, and urges them to celebrate the wonderful new corn that Chicora has brought to them.
The story closes with the community coming together to dance the seven-day corn dance, and celebrate Chicora and her new multi-colored corn. "From that day on," Boughman writes, "the Lumbee viewed Chicora with respect. Now, her people call her Deep Thinker, not Daydreamer."
This beautifully illustrated children's book brings together several subtexts that are valuable for young children, Native and non-Native alike. Most prominent among these is the commonly held indigenous value on the unique gifts that children contribute to their communities. While the adults in this story begin by mocking and belittling Chicora, the book clearly delivers the lesson that this is not the proper way for adults to address their little ones. Instead, the elder, the wisest of the adults, teaches the others to honor and trust the insights of their sacred children.Read more ›
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