The Iroquois Confederacy was one of the world's great democracies, serving as a model that inspired the founders of both the United States and Canada. C.J. Taylor has drawn on her Mohawk heritage and versions of the story she has gathered from elders to tell the story of the Confederacy of Five Nations (which became six after European contact) and of the heroic peace walker, Hiawatha, in powerful prose and dramatic art. Peace Walker is the story of how peace and unity emerged from a time of chaos when the nations suffered under the brutality of Chief Atotahara - a man so evil that he drank potions from the skull of a small child. Hiawatha's story has been told in many versions, but none have the ring of authenticity and passion of C.J. Taylor's remarkable book.
C.J. Taylor is an internationally acclaimed artist and children’s author of Mohawk heritage. She has traveled extensively throughout North America helping make the rich cultural history of native people accessible to the young. Her paintings are in many private collections across Canada and the US. She is a self-taught artist and storyteller who has organized exhibitions of Native art across North America. All the Stars in the Sky is C.J. Taylor’s eleventh book. She lives in B.C.
PRAISE FOR Peace Walker: The Legend of Hiawatha and Tekanawita:
"Taylor's version of this legend is a powerful one...." - The Globe and Mail
"...the writing is eloquent and poetically rhythmic." - School Library Journal
"Fans of Taylor's art will welcome nine acrylic paintings, which break up the text and blend elements of the natural and spirit worlds." - Quill & Quire
"Use this strong title to introduce Iroquois history or studies of democracies." - Booklist
"In a style reminiscent of oral storytelling, the author weaves the legend of the Confederacy of the Five Nations." - The Horn Book Guide