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Titolo: Watakame's Journey, The Story of the Great ...
Casa editrice: Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe, NM
Data di pubblicazione: 1999
Legatura: Hard Cover
Illustratore: Yarn paintings by Huichol artists
autografato: Signed by Authors and Illustrator
Edizione: First Edition
Intended for ages 9 years and over, this title tells the story of the flood and the creation myth of the Huichol Indian people of Mexico through the coloured yarn paintings of shaman Gaudalupe Barajas de la Cruz and other Huichol artists.From Library Journal:
Grade 2-6-This Great Flood variant comes from the mythology of the Huichol Indians (Mexico). It concerns the mission of Wat kame, a boy who was selected by Nakaw?, the goddess of all growing things, to build a boat, gather corn seeds and fire, and journey with her during the flood that will destroy the creatures who have no respect for the sacred. The story unfolds in 12 chapters, and readers familiar with Noah will recognize common elements: the protagonist's loneliness at his separation from the rest of humanity, his shock at the violence of the storm that wipes out the world, his responsibilities as the link between the old world and the new, and the beauty of the fresh creation. The vibrant yarn paintings, done by 11 Huichol artists, create immediate interest. Brightly colored strands of wool provide bold outlines for the contrasting interior patterns. These fanciful flowers and spirits pulse with movement against the solid-colored, but still highly textured backgrounds. The book is handsomely designed, using plenty of white space to frame the text, isolated figures, and full scenes. Dialogue, poetic descriptions, and dramatic events propel the longer-than-usual legend. An iconography and a note about the Huichols are appended. This title could be used to initiate a discussion about the importance of living in balance with one's environment, a comparison of flood stories, a celebration of the harvest, or it could provide a literary component to the study of the culture. After encountering it, children will be begging for yarn to tell their own stories.
Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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