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Te Ata

Te Ata, whose name means “Bearer of the Morning,” was an internationally acclaimed Chickasaw storyteller. Her father was a Chickasaw council member. Te Ata studied at the Oklahoma College for Women, the Theatre School at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. She appeared on stage in New York, at the White House and in Europe, and Lake Te Ata in New York is named for her. Te Ata's story Baby Rattlesnake is a well known children's tale of the difficulties of growing up and is a favorite of schools and libraries throughout the country. Her work is an example of the evocative power of the oral storytelling traditions.

Baby Rattlesnake
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American; Pawnee;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

A Native American (Pawnee) tale of family love and forgiveness.

Baby Rattlesnake wants a rattle like his older siblings have. His crying keeps the rattlesnake elders up all night so his parents give him a new rattle. Sure enough, he misuses his new rattle. When he tries to scare the chief's daughter, she steps on his rattle and crushes it. Sad and defeated, he returns to his forgiving family who give him "big rattlesnake hugs."

Educator Information
Guided Reading: K
Lexile: AD550L
Interest Level: Grades K - 3
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 3

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.25" x 11.25" | Told by Te Ata, Adapted by Lynn Moroney

Authentic Indigenous Text