The Good Rainbow Road / Rawa 'Kashtyaa'tsi Hiyaani

$17.00 each

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Conceived in Keres and published here in Keres, Spanish and English, Ortiz’s story draws upon both traditional oral and poetic expression. Trilingual book in Keres, English, and Spanish.

Available in hardcover only.  Simon Ortiz (Acoma), The Good Rainbow Road / Rawa’ Kashtyaa’tsi Hiyaani / El Buen Camino del Arco Iris. 2004, color paintings by Michael Lacapa (Apache/Hopi/Tewa).

Trilingual book in Keres, English, and Spanish.

Conceived in Keresan and published here in Keresan, Spanish and English, Ortiz’s story draws upon both traditional oral and poetic expression. This epic poem tells the story of how two boys, chosen by their elder women, overcome obstacles from within and without on their journey to ask the Shiwana to bring back the rain and save the people. In the introduction, Ortiz writes, “At this time which is four hundred years after the beginning of the European colonization of our indigenous people, this story is especially for our people who remain as always one with our land, culture, and community; always the people sustained with love, compassion, prayer, hope, courage, humility; always a belief in our sacred sovereignty; always the healing belief in ourselves.” Lacapa’s paintings, full of light and life, make this an excellent read-aloud.