PUEBLO STORYTELLER by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Holiday House, New York 1991
Hardcover, slip jacket, 26 pages, illustrated in color, condition as new
This book is illustrated with photographs of and stories by Mary and Leonard Trujillo, potters from Cochiti Pueblo and members of their family
From the Jacket:
I am a pueblo child and I love to listen to my grandparents tell stories. From their example, I learn to take what I need from the earth to live, but also how to leave something behind for future generations. Every day I am learning to live in harmony with the world. And every day, I am collecting memories of my life to share one day with my own children and grandchildren.
Like her ancestors, ten-year-old April is a storyteller. Here, she tells the story of the pueblo traditions that have been passed down to her through the generations. Her grandparents teach her how to make round loaves of bread and to sculpt the clay Storyteller figure. Her uncle shows her how to make a Cochiti drum. She learns to dance the traditional Buffalo Dance and to participate in other rituals.
Pueblo life hasn't changed all that much since the old days. The Indians still farm, make beautiful pottery and crafts, and perform the dances that they learned from those who came before them. They continue to celebrate some of the same religious holidays and festivals….