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Native Crafts

Inspired by North America’s First Peoples

by (author) Maxine Trottier

illustrated by Esperança Melo

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2000
Crafts & Hobbies
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2000
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2000
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Native peoples have always turned to the natural world to make everything from clothing to cooking utensils to ceremonial items. In the same tradition of using materials and designs inspired by nature, this book in the Kids Can Do It series shows kids how to make their own beautiful native crafts and musical instruments. Photos, diagrams and step-by-step instructions make it easy! Kids will also find out more about the many Native peoples of North America. Kids can make * seed and bead jewellery * clay pinch pots * totem poles * moccasins * hoop drums * corncob and cornhusk dolls

About the authors

Maxine Trottier is a prolific writer of books for young people. Born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on May 3, 1950, she moved to Windsor, Ontario in Canada with her family ten years later. In 1974 she became a Canadian citizen. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.Maxine spent 31 years working as an educator in elementary classrooms, guiding children toward literacy. The students in her class, who of course thought of her only as their teacher, saw each step in the creation of a new work. They heard the unillustrated story, saw the roughs, and were the first to view the finished book.Maxine lives with her husband William and their two Yorkies, Ceilidh and Moon. They divide their year between Port Stanley, Ontario on Lake Erie, and Newman s Cove, Newfoundland, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Both are wonderful places to write.

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Esperança Melo is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Animation Program and has completed an honors degree in graphic design from George Brown College. She has illustrated and designed several children’s books and loves working in various art forms and media, including sculpting in papiermâché. Esperança co-illustrated Drumheller Dinosaur Dance (Kids Can), which was awarded the 2005 Blue Spruce Award and the 2006 Chocolate Lily Award. Esperança was born in the Azores and now lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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  • Winner, Parents’ Choice Recommended

Editorial Reviews

Native Crafts is — a wonderful introduction to the many different Native traditions of North America.

This is a wonderful book. Kids Can Press has outdone themselves again.

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