A Portrait of Spotted Deer's Grandfather by Amy Littlesugar

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"On the Medicine Painter's magic cloth you would live forever, " Spotted Deer tells his grandfather, Moose Horn. It is the day George Catlin, the famous painter of American Indians, comes to visit their village. Fearing the artist may take away his spirit, Moose Horn refuses to have his portrait made. But Catlin and the gift of a vision bring Moose Horn to a surprising decision. Full color.
 

About Amy Littlesugar

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Amy Littlesugarlives in Columbia, Maryland.
 
Published October 1, 1997 by Albert Whitman & Company. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Littlesugar (Marie in Fourth Position, 1996, etc.) explains in a foreword how George Catlin's 19th-century paintings were innovative for recording Native American lives before the invasion of white culture, but not that his work was a forerunner to a new stereotype: the noble savage.

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Catlin wishes to paint Moose Horn, but the once-famous warrior is resistant: ""If I give my face to the Medicine Painter, he may take my spirit."" After observing Catlin at his work, a prophetic dream visit from his younger self and a consultation with the Great Spirit, Manito, Moose Horn believe...

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