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Antelope Woman : an Apache folktale
retold and illustrated by Michael Lacapa.
Flagstaff, Ariz. : Northland Pub. Co., c1992.
41 p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 28 cm.

Annotations:

1st ed.
Includes bibliographical references.
A beautiful Apache maiden follows the mysterious young man who has come to teach her people to respect "all things great and small" and becomes his wife.

Reviews:

Karen Hutt (Booklist, Jan. 15, 1993 (Vol. 89, No. 10))
As a father and son prepare to go hunting, the father tells an Apache folktale to teach his son "to honor all living things." In the tale, a young Apache woman is transformed into an antelope and chooses to live with the herd when her children are not accepted by the tribe. Because of her presence among the animals, the Apache people never hunt or kill antelope. The colorful illustrations are striking as well as reflective of the solemn tone of the tale. Although neither the story nor the message is entirely clear (for example, we don't know why the children were rejected by the tribe), the tale is thought-provoking and offers a perspective not commonly found in picture books. Category: For the Young. 1992, Northland, $14.95. Ages 5-8.

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Listen, my son. As we go to hunt today, let me tell you of the people who lived here long ago and why we honor all things around us, great and small. So begins this satisfying but unremarkable retelling of an Apache folktale by the author of The Flute Player, In a southwestern village, a resourceful young woman is intrigued by the appearance of a mysterious stranger--actually an antelope in human guise. The maiden marries him, but when they are shunned by her people, the couple chooses to return to his family and live out their lives as antelopes. Since then, the narrator explains, man has honored the antelope by never hunting or killing it. Lacapa's superficially engaging prose contains occasionally stilted passages which may distance some readers. The lovely bride and her enigmatic groom never come fully alive as characters; they exist only in the misty recesses of legend. The illustrations, studded with lustrous native designs in hues of turquoise and gold, ably evoke a southwestern flavor but, due to an apparent attempt at primitive stylization, appear instead somewhat flat. Ages 7up. (Aug.)

Subjects:

Apache Indians--Folklore.
Apache Indians--Folklore.
Indians of North America--Folklore.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) E99.A6 L32 1992
92014098 [398.2]
0873585437 (hardcover) : $14.95
9780873585439
978-0-87358-543-9
0873585437
9780873585439
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