Heetunka's harvest : a tale of the Plains Indians

by Jones, Jennifer Berry.

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale qj E99.D1 J75 1994
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale
Call Number  qj E99.D1 J75 1994
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 398.208 JON 1994
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 398.208 JON 1994
This authentic Sioux Indian legend illustrates the disastrous consequences when greed destroys the balance that exists between humans and nature.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5-8. Heetunka the bean mouse spends the late summer gathering beans so her family will have enough food to last the winter. In the fall, Indian women come and take some of her beans, leaving a like amount of corn or suet in exchange. A Dakota woman who wants beans for her family does not acknowledge Heetunka's hard work or rights and takes all that she finds, leaving nothing in exchange and ignoring Heetunka's wails. That night, a prairie fire burns the woman's tepee and all her possessions, although no other home in the settlement is harmed, forcing her family to rely on relatives for help to keep from starving. The illustrations are large and effectively framed by examples of Indian beadwork and woodwork, making them perfect to show during group reading, but the messages of fair play and respect are so overt that they overwhelm the story. ~--Sheilamae O'Hara"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jones discards Native American storytelling conventions in her version of a Plains Indian tale; the result is an abruptly moderated cautionary tale. A Dakota woman, proud of her thorough preparations for winter, turns greedy as she contemplates Heetunka the Bean Mouse's store of rich white beans. Instead of taking what she needs and leaving behind the customary exchange, she scoops up every last bean. The woman behaves ever more selfishly and destructively, until she finally loses her well-appointed tipi in a prairie fire that, pointedly, leaves her neighbors' homes untouched. Stripped of Native American formalities, the story seems bare, inviting readers to doubt the protagonist's sudden descent into moral bankruptcy. Keegan's illustrations, framed in a motif incorporating quill work, fetish shells and feathers, add authenticity, while an author's note and glossary provide valuable documentation. Ages 6-12. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dakota Indians -- Folklore.
Indians of North America -- Great Plains -- Folklore.
Publisher Niwot, Colo. :Roberts Rinehart Publishers in conjunction with the Council for Indian Education,1994
Contributors Keegan, Shannon.
Council for Indian Education.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
ISBN 1879373173 :
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