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Old Father Story Teller Hardcover – June, 1991

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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Clear Light Books; First Edition edition (June 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940666103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940666108
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The magic of Pablita Velarde is all here in this book." --R.C. Gorman (acclaimed Navajo artist)

"Pablita Velarde has told the story of her Santa Clara people throughout her career and has become a legend in her own time." --United Features Syndicate

The cover and title page painting -- titled Old Father Storyteller -- may be Pablita Velarde's best known work. The elder is shown telling people of the pueblo stories about the stars and constellations, which march in an arc across the sky. This painting, which Velarde was inspired to by her father's stories, won the Grand Prize at the 1955 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial.

It is also recognized by archaeoastronomers (scholars studying pre-contact native star lore) as one of the few records in which pueblo constallations can be identified, and star lore is told. (Long Sash is basically the familiar Orion, for example.) So that story has uses in Native-centered science. Beautiful uses.

There are 6 stories in the book, each with several of Pablita's fabulous paintings. "Turkey Girl" is the Tewa version of a Zuni storyteller's remake of Cinderella. Turkey Girl -- clad in finery by her flock of turkeys, instead of a fairy godmother -- goes to a dance, and is not recognized as the ragged orphan, courted by many men. But when she is found out by her mean stepmother, there's quite a different ending from Perrault's (and Disney's).

She doesn't wind up with any of those Indian men, indeed, those Prince Uncharmings are all chasing her to kill her for a witch! Some kind of big turkey spirit hides her; she disappears into a canyon with her flock. Turkeys are found no more by people hunting them for food.
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Pablita Velarde is one of the very best artists of the Southwest. I was happy to get this book with her paintings and stories. My only complaint is that I wanted pictures on every page, and less of the line drawings which looked like sketches (illustrated in one of the stories). I feel like more of her really good ones could have been added, as she did so many in her life. However, several of her most famous are included in this book, beautifully reproduced. I recommend this book for anyone who appreciates the amazing vibrancy of Velarde's work, and is interested in the legends of the Tewa and Hopi.
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This is really an amazing book. Velarde's work is magnificent and worth seeing in person if you ever get the opportunity, and the vitality of her paintings comes right through in this volume. It is impossible to imagine the story without the art, or vice versa. The stories are beautifully recounted in a traditional style that is nonetheless easily accesible to readers who aren't at all familiar with the Tewa people. It's a great introduction to an oral literary tradition that most of us would never encounter otherwise--certainly not with so much beauty and attention to detail. I wish she had written more books, because this is one of the best storytime options I can think of--I remember being fascinated by it as a child, and it's still worth a very good read as an adult.
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Beautiful! I'm an Indian storyteller - this is our worldview
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Beautiful book!
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