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Brother Eagle, Sister Sky by Chief Seattle
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Jun 16, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: multicultural, picture-books
Read in June, 2009

Gorgeous illustrations, however let me refer to my class notes on this book:
Problematic Areas:
-At least 4 versions of Seattle’s speech
--He didn't speak English, so they were translations; he was angry b/c the tribe was going to have to move
--The author has adapted/changed the speech

-Environmental responsibility does not appear to be the topic of these versions.

-Longstanding stereotypes are reinforced in the illustrations.
--Horses appear in 8 of 16 illustrations and the Suquamish and Duwamish people were not horse people; the horses, buckskin and feathered headdress reflect the Plains Indians not the Suquamish/Duwamish people of the Pacific NW
--Jeffers was speaking as a non-Native speaking for Natives
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