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People Shall Continue

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Native American poet Simon Ortiz traces the progress of Native Americans from the time of creation to the present.
Paperback, 23 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Children's Book Press (CA) (first published January 1st 1977)
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Morgan Wright
This is a great story to tell students around Thanksgiving. So many teachers tell the Christopher Columbus version of European settlement of the Americas, which is a very skewed version of the truth. This book gives the Native American perspective of the settlement and how they felt about being pushed off their land. It does have a negative attitude towards the white settlers, which is something that you should discuss as a class. I think it would be great to read a common Christopher Columbus b ...more
Ginta Harrigan
“The People Shall Continue is about the progress Native Americans have made from the time of creation to the present day.

I loved this book. I read this book with my students. This is an extremely well written factual story of how Native Americans were forced to give up their land, lifestyle and even their culture. I am sure Native Americans who read this story will appreciate the cultural authenticity and specificity of the book.

The author writes of the Native American peoples’ great respect fo
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Liz
This poem, by Acoma Pueblo poet Simon Ortiz, is the story of The People, from creation to modern times. The People are the group formed by all the tribes of North America, the Shawnee, the Lakota, the Pima, the Acoma, and many more.

Before the Europeans came, each tribe had its own creation story, each tribe had its own set of skills, and each tribe acknowledged the earth as the source of life.

Then Europeans came and settled on tribal land. They did not respect The People. They did not respect th
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Carolynne
_The People Shall Continue_ tells the story of American Indians from the beginning to the present day from the Native point of view, including the traumatic events when white men began to arrive and take Indian lands and took their children to schools that tried to eradicate their Indian identity. It is a "teaching story," powerfully and simply told in a measured, poetic voice, as it might come from an Indian storyteller , adjuring today's Indian children to maintain their identity. Poet Simon O ...more
Vj
Artwork is dated (1970s), but the message is still a good one. Would be a good one to use during Native American Heritage Month (November).
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