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The Elders Are Watching

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As Native elders have advised from time immemorial, this is a gentle plea to respect the natural environment.
When the award-winning poet David Bouchard first saw the artwork of First Nations artist Roy Henry Vickers, he was struck by Vickers’ reverence for nature, the vibrancy of his colors, and his perceptive understanding of Canada's rugged West Coast. He saw in Vickers'
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 10th 2003 by Raincoast Books (first published 1991)
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Gillian Chapnick
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-collection
Beautiful illustrations. Did an Aboriginal art lesson based on book. Had students create similar works of art using black construction paper and oil pastels.
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, faith, poetry, rhyme
this book needs to be read. but the people who need to read it are to busy denying global warming, the round earth and other such things.
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Skye
Shelves: children
The artwork in this book beautifully portray the Native American perspective of the Northwest. Favorite lines:

"Of all the things that you've done so well,
The things they are growing to love,
It's the sight of your home, the town that you've built.
They can see it from far up above.

Like the sun when it shines, like the full moon at night,
Like a hundred totems tall,
It has brightened their sky and that's partially why
They've sent me to you with their call."
I read this to see if it belongs in the library's local history room. The art is generically Northwest Coast Native and the author and illustrator don't have local ties, but I put it in the archive room for a while and we'll see if it gets used.

The artwork is beautiful, no question. It didn't all seem to match: some pieces had different color themes or design feels that made them feel like they didn't fit, but they are all lovely.

The rest of the book has some problems. First, the text isn't grea
Stefani Celine
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
beautiful illustrations, thoughtful reminder of our responsibility to nature. great for children and adults
Ann Williams
Love the message, love the illustrations, love, love, love.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations, sad but uplifting message at the end
A simple, yet powerful message paired with phenomenal artwork.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Why 1/5 ? Roy Henry Vickers is a legend. David Bouchard is award winning and prolific. Surely I’m being unfair. Well, in Oct 2018 Bouchard’s metis heritage was called into question and until it’s cleared up I considered this cultural appropriation. It breaks my heart. We needed a literary legend like him and not another Joseph Boyden disaster. Sorry.
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Canadian Métis author and literacy advocate David Bouchard has produced more than fifty books for readers of all ages, including two guides on reading for parents and educators.

An erstwhile teacher and school principal, he is particularly concerned with Aboriginal-related issues and is a sought-after speaker for conference keynotes and school presentations and on topics of reading, literacy and ab

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