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Monday, November 3, 2014

Native American Book Reviews for Native American Heritage Month Blog Hop & Giveaway

Disclosure: Lee & Low Books gave me these book free of charge to review and giveaway. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

November is Native American Heritage Month! I love learning about Native American cultures, so I love this month!! While I was helping find prizes for the giveaway, Lee & Low Books offered to send some to review and giveaway. I of course jumped at the opportunity. They were kind enough to send me two Native American themed books to review for you.



https://www.leeandlow.com/books/2397
 The first book is Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp. This book reminds me of what I love about Native American cultures. I love that they live(d) with a true love of and respect for the earth and all its nature and beauty. There is a note in the beginning of the book explaining that the words come from a Thanksgiving Address of the Six Nations and they are still spoken today. The words thank the earth, the animals, the trees, etc. for the different things they provide humans. It is such a lovely book full of gratitude for life and the things we are provided.


https://www.leeandlow.com/books/2411 

The second book is Jim Thorpe's Bright Path by Joseph Bruchac.  This book goes through and tells the story of Jim Thorpe's life. It is a wonderful view into the life of a Native American growing up on a reservation in the late 19th and early 20th century. It explains the struggles Jim has with school and leaving his family. The reader feels Jim's sadness when his twin brother, Charlie, dies. The books shares the path to Jim's fame in the athletic world. 


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"Thorpe gold medal".  
Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Now, if you are like me and do not know much about sports, you may not know who Jim Thorpe is. I knew his name, but did not know anything about him. He won the gold medal in the Pentathlon and Decathlon in the 1912 Summer Olympics setting new world records. However since he had played two years in semi-professional baseball the medals were stripped from him in 1913. In 1983 duplicate medals were given to his family after the decision was overturned. He played professional baseball and football and was elected as the first president of the American Professional Football Association (now the National Football League).
Jim Thorpe Cincinnati Reds 1917
Jim Thorpe Cincinnati Reds 1917 
By Charles M. Conlon (Mears Auctions) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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"Jim Thorpe football"  Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Jim Thorpe has been named the Athlete of the Century by ABC's Wide World of Sports and the Amercian Athlete of the Century by the United States Congress. His parents gave him the name Wa-Tho-Huk which translates to Bright Path. Little did they know what an amazing path their son's life would take. We enjoyed learning about Jim Thorpe and having a view into what life was like for someone growing up on a Native American Reservation and dealing with the boarding school life.



Now it is time for the blog hop and giveaway!! I hope you will scroll down to enter the giveaway and share any Native American posts you may have!!
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Multicultural Kid Blogs is proud to host the first annual Native American Heritage Month Blog Hop & Giveaway! Link up your posts on Native American cultures below, and be sure to enter to win one of our great prize packages! For more great posts about Native cultures, be sure to follow our Native/Indigenous Cultures board on Pinterest!

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Children of the Tipi 
Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days, edited by Michael O. Fitzgerald

2nd Prize Package
Buffalo SongBuffalo Song by Joseph Bruchac
Jim Thorpe's Bright PathJim Thorpe's Bright Path, by Joseph Bruchac

3rd Prize
Himdag postcard setPostcard set from Paper Papel Papier: pack of 12 craft postcards decorated with the word himdag (value $18). Himdag is from the O’odham ├▒iok language of the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona and northwest Mexico. To embrace Himdag is to walk in balance, alone, with others, with nature, and with the Creator.

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