Mashantucket Pequot Museum Library and Archives Blog

Saturday, April 27, 2013

S.D. Nelson

We’ve just added 2 new, beautiful books by S.D. Nelson to our collection of books by Native authors. He is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and is an artist, writer, and gifted craftsman whose works of art are influenced by his Lakota heritage, yet they are contemporary interpretations of traditional images. Children respond to his pictures with people, horses, and animals of many vivid colors. Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way, is a lyrical creation of images and colors, and follows people through the day from dawn to night. Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story combines his paintings with historical and contemporary photography to illustrate Waheenee-wea’s (Buffalo Bird Woman) words which were written down by Gilbert Wilson in the early 1900s. A lengthy, information-filled author’s note provides valuable background and resources for readers who will get a feel for her life in Like-a-Fishhook Village.