Tasunka A Lakota horse legend

Donald F. Montileaux, 1948-

Book - 2014

The story itself is about how the Lakota people came to have horses ... not in recent times, but long ago. A very long time ago. A young Lakota man sees them and spends time away from his village, taming and training them. He brings them to the village, where nobody has seen them before. They learn to use them to make life easier, but they also use them in aggressive actions on other tribes. That is an abuse of them as a gift of the Creator, so they are taken away. Of course, we know they come b...ack ... much later, when Europeans arrive.

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Folk tales
Picture books
Pierre, SD : South Dakota State Historical Society Press 2014.
Physical Description
unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Main Author
Donald F. Montileaux, 1948- (-)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 4—Legend has it that long before the Spanish brought horses to North America, the Lakota people tamed wild horses and brought prosperity to their tribe. But they misused the gift of Tasunka, the horse, and were made to go without these animals for hundreds of years. This lovely bilingual (English-Lakota) picture book conveys the speed and grace of the horses as well as their importance to the Lakota nation. Though the language is formal, it clearly communicates both the story and the lesson that great gifts must be shared. Illustrations and text also provide many clues about the customs and values of the Lakota, from their skill with hunting and handling animals to the emphasis on family and community. Montileaux, an Oglala Lakota artist and storyteller, uses sweeping ink lines and swathes of prairie color, stylized in the manner of traditional ledger art. His style captures movement and gesture—including deliberate stillness—particularly well. Front and back matter include an informative introduction, a note on the illustrations, and resources for further reading.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library [Page 140]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.