Before two leggeds walked on Mother Earth there was a great cold. The animals formed a council; someone had to seek help from the Creator. Rainbow Crow, a most colourful bird, was selected because he
Before two leggeds walked on Mother Earth there was a great cold. The animals formed a council; someone had to seek help from the Creator. Rainbow Crow, a most colourful bird, was selected because he had a beautiful voice that would surely impress the Creator. He flew into the heavens and won fire from above. But on the way back the fire began to burn his plumage black and destroy his beautiful voice. But Rainbow Crow persevered, bringing the life-saving fire safely back to his friends. This Lenape legend of courage and sacrifice is masterfully retold by award-winning author David Bouchard. The stunning art, painted on traditional drums by celebrated Canadian artist, David Jean, will inspire young and old alike.
English/Ojibwe edition. For the French/Ojibwe edition see Corneille Arc-en-ciel.
"David Jean's detailed, realistic illustrations were painted on traditional drum skins. As such, the circular shape of the artwork reflects the "circle of life" that Bouchard discusses in his foreword. The drum skins and Jean's brush strokes lend texture to the illustrations, giving them a lifelike, almost three-dimensional quality.
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"Bouchard's evocative and touching story will appeal to a wide audience. In reading how Crow came to have black plumage and the harsh "Caw" with which we are today so familiar, we read of a brave, humble bird. The inspirational story of this heroic bird teaches readers about willingness to sacrifice individual selves for the good of all. It is an important lesson taught through an enjoyable story."
-- CM Magazine
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Order of Canada recipient and multi-award-winning MÚtis bestselling author David Bouchard
teams up on this occasion with Cherokee master artist David Jean and the world renowned drummers and singers Manatial in this beautiful rendition of Rainbow Crow. Accompanied by a CD, Rainbow Crow will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.
David Jean was born in Toronto to immigrant parents. His father was Mainland Chinese; his mother was from Barbados, a mix of Cherokee, African, and Dutch descent. His paintings and lithographs are widely acclaimed and complement numerous notable collections worldwide, including those of Giorgio Gucci and former Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
Manantial is a native South American musical group from Salasaca, Ecuador, in the Andes. The Salasaca people speak Kichwa, the indigenous language found in the songs of Manantial. After many years of performing in Ecuador, the group moved to Europe and are now based in Paris. The song "Tatanka" is a tribute to Native North American music and can be found on the CD The Secret of Dancing Spirits, by Ayllu Records.
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2017 Storytelling World Resource Awards winner in the Special Storytelling Resources category
On Resource Links' Best of 2013 list
2015 Golden Oak nominee