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Turtle Island

The Story of North America's First People

by Eldon Yellowhorn & Kathy Lowinger

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ISBN:9781554519439
publisher: Annick Press
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Unlike most books that chronicle the history of Native peoples beginning with the arrival of Europeans in 1492, this book goes back to the Ice Age to give young readers a glimpse of what life was like pre-contact. The title, Turtle Island, refers to a Native myth that explains how North and Central America were formed on the back of a turtle. Based on archeological finds and scientific research, we now have a clearer picture of how the Indigenous people lived. Using that knowledge, the authors take the reader back as far as 14,000 years ago to imagine moments in time. A wide variety of topics are featured, from the animals that came and disappeared over time, to what people ate, how they expressed themselves through art, and how they adapted to their surroundings. The importance of story-telling among the Native peoples is always present to shed light on how they explained their world. The end of the book takes us to modern times when the story of the Native peoples is both tragic and hopeful. 

 

About the Authors

Eldon Yellowhorn (Piikani Nation) is a professor of First Nations Studies and archeology at Simon Fraser University. He and Kathy Lowinger wrote the critically-acclaimed Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People (2017).

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Kathy Lowinger is an award-winning author whose books include Give Me Wings! How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World (2015), and Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People (2017).

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
11 to 100
Grade:
6 to 17
Reading age:
11 to 100
Awards
  • Short-listed, Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Awards
  • , Red Maple Award
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • , 2019 Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Commended, EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards Honoree, California Reading Association
Editorial Reviews

“Highly recommended for middle to high school collections for its innovative, nonstereotypical, and engaging approach to the history of Indigenous peoples in North America.”—School Library Journal, *starred review, 10/17

— School Library Journal

“Offers an appealing introduction to the diverse nations and remarkable resilience of the original inhabitants of this continent and is likely to inspire respect, pride, and a desire to learn more.”—Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/17

— Kirkus Reviews

“Librarians, teachers, parents: please put this book into girls’ and teens’ hands.” —Resource Links, 12/17

— Resource Links

“Fills a gap in history.” —Best Books for Kids and Teens, *starred review, Spring/18

— Best Books for Kids and Teens

“An interesting read . . .  a good addition to a school library.” —Green Teacher, 10/18

— Green Teacher

“A well researched book of high quality graphic design and literary style. The format and organization of material is well done within a uniquely imaginative approach to the topic . . .  highly recommended for both public and school libraries . . .  also would be a valuable resource for elementary school teachers.” —Resource Links, 12/17

— Resource Links

“An excellent textbook to use in elementary or middle school to supplement conventional offerings.” —Youth Services Book Review, 12/31/18

— Youth Services Book Review

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