Shota and the Star Quilt
Shota is a young Lakota girl who lives in a contemporary American city. When the block that her family and friends live on is threatened by development, they use long-standing Lakota traditions to find a solution that saves their homes. In working together, they create a beautiful quilt that resolves more than just their problem. This story weaves together traditional folktale values with modern concerns for the urban environment and green issues. In addition to the beautiful folk-style native art illustrations, the complete text of the story is presented in Lakota as well as English.
- Hardback | 32 pages
- 223.8 x 297.7 x 11.2mm | 477.74g
- 01 Sep 1998
- ZERO TO TEN
- FOUR-COLOR INTERIOR
Back cover copy
SHOTA AND ESTHER are best friends. They have lived in the same appartment block for years and spend every day together.But when a letter arrives to say that the appartment block is to be redeveloped, they know they face separation.On holiday with Shota's grandmother at Pine Ridge reservation, they decide to make a starquilt. A powerful celebration of their friendship and the homes and community they love, the remarkable quilt becomes central to their plan to resist the redevelopment...
Set in Minneapolis, Shota and the Starquilt is a modern story, rich with one of the age-old themes of traditional folktales: the triumph of love and friendship over power and greed.The beautifully-written text is complemented by naive earthy illustrations, set in a design heavily influenced by Native American traditional art and includes a complete Lakota translation.At the back is a paper collage project based on the lone-star pattern traditionally used on Lakota quilts.
About Margaret Bateson-Hill
Margaret Bateson-Hill is the author of Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain and Masha and the Firebird.