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When God Made The Dakotas
"Oh, Great Spirit, the Dakotas would like a land of great stone mountains whose jagged peaks are topped with the snow of many winters, mountains where flashing trout spawn in fast rushing streams . . ."Wakantanka opened his bag and peered inside. He set the bag down slowly, shaking his head."I'm sorry, Old Friend," he said quietly. "I have no mountains left to give. Ask ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
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I think this is a beautiful book. Wakantanka, the Great Spirit, has created the entire world except for the Dakotas. He tells Woksape, the medicine man of the Dakotas to think about the type of land he wants created for his people. Woksape goes on to ask for lands like those made for other Native American tribes to the east, west, and south of the Dakotas. Unfortunately, Wakantanka cannot fulfill his request as he has given away all the canyons, seas, and mountains; however, he gives the Dakatos ...more
I have read a few reviews that pointed out the author took some liberties with the Native American Myth that was described in “When God Made the Dakota’s.” I do agree there may be some inconsistencies but I have this resource listed as one of my top Dakota children’s books. The myths flow is well developed and the Morin’s illustrations are amazing. Both the myth and the illustrations join forces to create an amazing work of literary art.
I am not originally from SD but am from Nebraska. I have also lived in Kentucky. When people in KY asked what it was like to live in "such a flat place without trees", I told them about the beautiful sunsets in the Midwest. This book provides a beautiful spin on what might seem mundane to the unobservant. I wish I had had this book in my hands to show the the beauty of the plains.