When I went to the thrift store the other day, I actually found a second treasure (not just the Little Golden Book treasury.) The second treasure was a book of Native American stories from the Pacific Northwest.
Chief Lelooska was an accomplished storyteller and artist, and his books are gorgeously illustrated in his tribe’s style.
The book caught my eye because I had just read Raven by Gerald McDermott to my second grade classes.
McDermott’s story is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Chief Lelooska’s stories are not long, or complicated. They are perfect for children.
I do not yet have Lelooska’s other book but I think I can pick it up online.
Men and women like Lelooska are cultural treasures that are fading from our modern lives. I would love to find a storyteller from this area, Dakota or Lakota, to come and share this style of storytelling that is ancient and yet so different to the majority of Americans.