A Boy Called Slow

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At the end of a fierce battle, the boy who was once called “Slow” gained the name Tatan’ka Iyota’ke, a name which is now known well, for Tatan’ka means Sitting Bull.



In the 1830s, the family of Returns Again of the Hunkpapa band of the Lakota Sioux had a baby boy and named him “Slow,” because he never did anything quickly. He listened to the stories of his elders and learned of the brave deeds of his father, Returns Again. He longed for the day when he could prove himself and earn a new name.

At the age of ten, he killed his first buffalo, a calf, and he was no longer teased for being called Slow, for his name then meant determination and courage. Years later, Slow had the opportunity to ride out against the Crow with a robe made from the skin of the buffalo calf. It was his time to prove himself, and prove his place in the proud lineage of his father, who had been given many honor names.

At the end of a fierce battle, the boy who was once called “Slow” gained the name Tatan’ka Iyota’ke, a name which is known well, for Tatan’ka means Sitting Bull—one of the greatest of all the Lakota warriors. This is the story of Sitting Bull. The story teaches young readers that honor and success comes through effort, not birth.

Rocco Baviera’s full-page illustrations evoke a mythic quality befitting this glimpse into history. He has received awards from The Society of Illustrators in New York, Child Magazine, the American Library Association, and the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. A Boy Called Slow is an ALA Notable Book.

Author Joseph Bruchac is one of the most respected and widely published Native Americans writing for children and young adults today. He works extensively on projects to preserve the Abenaki culture, language and traditional Native skills. As a professional teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks, he has performed widely in Europe and throughout the United States.

 

Author: Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)

Illustrations: Color paintings by Rocco Baviera

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1994

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Lakota