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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Story and Gorgeous Pictures of Yarn Art, March 31, 2004
This review is from: The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story (Hardcover)
The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer is a colorful picture book by James Endredy which tells the enchanting story of Tunuri and his journey with Blue Deer. Tunuri, an inquistive and adventurous Huichol youth, is making a trip to the sacred mountain with the families of his village. A beautiful butterfly catches his attention, and he follows it over many hills and through the forest. Tunuri looks around and realizes that he couldn't see or hear anyone. He is lost.
Something catches Tunuri's eye, and he notices a unusual deer walking toward him which seemed to glow from inside. He knew that this deer was no ordinary animal--the coat was a lovely deep blue color! Magical Blue Deer introduces itself, and tells Tunuri that it knows where his family is. He beckons Tunuri to follow, and wherever the deer stepped, colorful flowers began to grow. Blue Deer leads Tunuri on a journey where he meets Father Sun, Brother Wind, Sister Water, Mother Earth, and Grandfather Fire. Grandfather Fire assures Tunuri that he is never truly alone, even if lost, and gives Tunuri a special task: to share all that he had learned that day with everyone he knows and meets.
The Huichol Indians are among the last of the world's indigenous cultures that have been able to maintain their way of life and spiritual traditions into this new millenium. They live in remote regions of the Sierra Madre Mountains of western Mexico, and although some communities can be reached by car, many of them are still isolated by mountainous terrain. The Huichol have a rich, nature-based spiritual tradition, and The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer is a modern adaptation of one of their traditional stories. Two of the most important elements of the Huichol spiritual tradition is the sacred Blue Deer and the sacred cactus, hikuri, and this book reflects the teaching of how a boy or girl finds his or her task in life by connecting with the powers of nature through their help.
Each page of this captivating book is filled with full-color pictures of yarn drawings made by Maria and Casimiro, two Huichol artists. This unique art form is made by spreading bees wax on a piece of wood, and then placing many colors of yarn in intricate patterns. Each drawing takes many hours to complete, requiring enormous amounts of patience, skill, and artistic vision. Maria and Caismiro teach this special technique to younger members of the Huichol community to keep this artistic tradition alive.
In addition to the inspiring tale and gorgeous yarn art, this book also contains information about the Huichol, their sacred symbols, and how each yarn drawing for the book was made.
This book is great for younger children because the colorful pictures and lyrical prose will hold their attention. The vibrant art work and unfolding mystery of Tunuri's journey will captivate older children, as well. The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer would make a wonderful addition to any library, especially for learning about contemporary indigenous culture and nature-based spirituality. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found it inspiring and comforting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With gorgeous, full-color traditional Huichol yarn drawings, January 15, 2004
This review is from: The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story (Hardcover)
The Journey Of Tunuri And The Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story by James Endredy is a captivating picture book rendition of a tale from the beliefs of the Huichol Indians of mountainous western Mexico. Gorgeous, full-color traditional Huichol yarn drawings created especially for The Journey Of Tunuri And The Blue Deer is enhanced with Maria Hernandez de la Cruz and Casimiro de la Cruz Lopez wonderful illustrations in this outstanding Native American folk tale of children who meet their family in nature (Grandfather Fire, Father Sun, Mother Earth, and Brother Wind) and learn to share the wonders of the planet in harmony. The Journey Of Tunuri And The Blue Deer is a highly recommended addition to school and community library Native American collections for young readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer, November 10, 2008
This review is from: The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story (Hardcover)
I was introduced to this book through a Scholastic website. I order it and have throughly enjoyed it as a resource for teaching about culture, respecting the environment and community. My second graders and I were fascinated by the skill of the artwork illustrated in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect for nature., May 16, 2010
This review is from: The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story (Hardcover)
Be it the Seneca or Inuit or Huichol or Iroquois or Cherokee.....any Native American tribe, inspite of the differences and animosity between them, one thing that is common is their respect for nature and belief that man co-exists with nature.

In this Huichol folklore, Tunuri, an adventurous boy gets lost in the woods when he is on a pilgrimage to the scared mountain. Tunuri begins to panic, but is appeased by a blue deer that leads him back to his family. On the way, the blue deer takes Tunuri to `Father Sun', `Brother Wind', `Sister Water', `Mother Earth' and `Grandfather Fire' and makes Tunuri realize that Man must consider the five elements as his family because without these elements no life can exist on this planet.

Yarn drawings: I am impressed. In terms of preparing the surface for the painting, order in which the painting is rendered, theme, visualizing the end product, patience and time etc, I could draw a lot of parallels between the Huichol yarn drawings and Tanjore painting. Just like in Tanjore paintings, the Huichol, first prepare the canvas - a smooth wooden board to which beeswax is first applied. Then yarn is cut in to small pieces and is applied to the board to for the main figure. Then comes the fillings and finally the background.

Check [...] for samples of some yarn drawings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Culture, August 15, 2013
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This review is from: The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story (Hardcover)
My grandson made a craft called "Eye of God" from the Huichol indian culture. This book helped to explain the spiritual beliefs of these people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, August 20, 2014
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The greatest book/story I've given my daughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 29, 2014
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beautiful story revealing more of our reality
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5.0 out of 5 stars book, December 27, 2012
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I bought the book either for school or as a reference. Its good. I can't believe they require a minimum amount of words. Crazy. They want an opinion and then ask for so many words. What are they nuts!
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The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story
The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story by James Endredy (Hardcover - October 31, 2003)
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