When the Shadbush Blooms

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When a Lenape girl goes to the stream to fish for shad, she knows that another girl did the same generations before. She knows that, through the circle of the seasons, things change and things remain the same, as they always have.

Available in hardcover only.  Carla Messinger (Lenape), with Susan Katz, When the Shadbush Blooms. 2007, color paintings by David Kanietakeron Fadden (Mohawk).

When a Lenape girl goes to the stream to fish for shad, she knows that another girl did the same generations before. She knows that, through the circle of the seasons, things change and things remain the same, as they always have. Through the cycle of the seasons, what is important has remained: being with family, knowing when berries are ripe for picking, listening to stories in a warm home.

Told by Traditional Sister and Contemporary Sister, each from her own time, this is a book about tradition and about change. Then and now are not so very different when the shadbush blooms.

Fadden’s paintings, in acrylic on canvas on a palette of earth colors, complement the words. When the Shadbush Blooms is a poem, a song, a prayer for Earth and her inhabitants.