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The Creator's Game: A Story of Baaga’adowe/Lacrosse Paperback – November 1, 2013
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Robert DesJarlait (Anishinaabe, Red Lake), cofounder of Protect Our Manoomin, is an artist and activist who illustrated Meridel LeSueur’s Sparrow Hawk.
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Set in the present day, Travis lives with his mom and grandmother. He's struggling with the game and bummed each day after practice. But his grandma has confidence in him.
So does his grandfather, who passed away some time back, but comes to Travis each night. His grandfather was a strong and swift lacrosse player that everyone called Hummingbird.
There's a terrific blend here. Coulson's storytelling delivers nuggets of info about the ways that Ojibwe people play lacrosse, and, the way that Cherokee's play it.
Oh yeah--Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Dream Country figures in the story, too.
Perfectly paced, The Creator's Game is a terrific book.
Newspaperman Art Coulson and artist Robert DesJarlait have teamed up for a story that helps middle readers, ages 8-12, face the anxieties and challenges of late pre-teen years.
In this account, Mom and Grandma tussle over Grandma’s teaching Travis the traditional wisdom; but Mom learns a lesson, too, when Grandpa’s lacrosse stick mysteriously appears in his grandson’s hands.
Readers will come to a deep appreciation of the stories behind the game and the ways that the game developed among the various people for whom it is a spiritual foundation.
At the back of “The Creator’s Game” is a glossary of Ojibwe words and other terms, descriptions of the gear used in lacrosse and a bibliography.
The Creator’s Game A story of baaga’adowe/lacrosse by Art Coulson, illustrations by Robert Desjarlait; Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0-87351-909-0. The reviewer is a retired journalist and one-time newsroom colleague of Coulson.