Native American Picture Books of Change by Rebecca C. Benes
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Illustrated with 150 enchanting paintings and historical photographs, some from as early as 1922, the author describes the history and motivation behind some of the most exceptional children's books published in the U.S. These picture book readers, originally developed for use in Indian schools during the New Deal, represent the first Native-centred texts used in Bureau of Indian Affairs curriculum. They were written by lauded writers, ethnologists and linguists, and illustrated with the stunning work of emerging and prominent Native American artists.

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Published April 1, 2004 by Museum of New Mexico Pr. 176 pages
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In order to teach literacy to the Navajo through bilingual readers, Willard Walcott Beatty, 1930s director of education at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, had to convert the oral Navajo to a written language, creating an alphabet and a definitive Navajo dictionary before the Bureau could publish th...

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