Lana's Lakota Moons by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

By Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

This captivating and poignant modern tale approximately Lakota women and their Laotian buddy illuminates for kids and adults the Lakota that means of kinfolk, friendship, lifestyles, and dying. within the Lakota manner, Lana and her cousin Lori are like sisters, becoming up jointly below the being concerned eyes of a longer relatives of folks and grandparents. additionally like sisters, they've got their proportion of squabbles and fights, but if they meet a brand new woman in school who has lately arrived from Laos, they're drawn nearer by way of their shared friendship, their discoveries approximately cultural modifications, and their adventure with loss and dying. a picture of footprints within the snow, one below the opposite in order that it seems like just one individual is strolling, turns into the critical compelling photo within the tale. ''We cannot continue snow from melting,'' says Grandpa, ''But the footprints will continually be there, whether we will not see them.''
 
Taking her idea from Lakota and Asian scholars in her domestic nation of South Dakota, award-winning kid's author Virginia using Hawk Sneve has crafted an easy tale of friendship that survives a sad yr, fantastically illuminating alongside the best way many profound truths in regards to the human spirit.
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Grandma had made many star quilts in her lifetime and needed no pattern to follow. Her design was the traditional “Morning Star”— one large, five-pointed star made from different-colored diamond pieces that were sewn together. ” Grandma asked us every day after school. ” Grandma asked. ” We nodded. “So that grease from the pizza is still on your fingers even if you washed you hands after lunch. ” We washed our hands. “Today we’ll cut diamonds,” Grandma said. She gave each of us a stiff piece of paper.

Black is the color of West. It is the dark of the night after the sun sets. ” After Grandma quit talking, we all sat quietly thinking of what she said. Later, in my room, I wrote a poem in my diary to help me remember the special colors of the four directions. Yellow is the East, The season of spring. Golden rays of the rising sun  Moon When the Leaves Turn Green Bring light and life To a new day. Red is the South, Warm summer, The growing time When life is good In the noon of day. Black is the West The season of autumn’s Falling leaves And spirits follow The setting sun.

High Eagle encouraged them, remarking, “Good! ” Both managed to flip one up, but Andy stumbled and fell. Lana twirled the hoop on her leg for a minute before she lost her balance and all of the hoops clattered to the floor. All the kids clapped and cheered except me. Lana was such a show-off. Mr. High Eagle said, “You all did a good job. ” After the assembly we were so excited that it was hard to get back to our lessons, so the teachers let us out for recess. The two boys who had teased Andy about going in the cupboard were waiting for him.

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