C.J. Taylor

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.

All The Stars In The Sky: Native Stories From The Heavens
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

The heavens — the sun, the stars, and the moon — have inspired, intrigued, and mystified us from the beginning of time. We’ve always searched for ways to comprehend their beauty and their meaning. Mohawk artist and author C. J. Taylor has drawn from First Nations legends from across North America to present a fascinating collection of stories inspired by the night skies.

The legends — Salish, Onondaga, Blackfoot, Netsilik (Inuit), Wasco, Ojibwa, and Cherokee — are by turns funny, beautiful, tragic, and frightening, but each one is infused with a sense of awe.

From the Ojibwa legend of the great hunter, White Hawk, and his love for an unattainable maiden, or the Salish legend of a magical lake that is threatened when human beings turn greedy and lose their respect for its gifts and for the sun’s power, to the delightful Cherokee legend of Grandmother Spider who brought light to the world, this is an important collection that is enhanced by Taylor’s glorious paintings.

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B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.3-Earth and Life Science.

Recommended Ages: 7-9.

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40 pages | 7.48" x 9.33"

 

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Deux Plumes et la solitude disparue
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;

Deux Plumes avait erré tout l'hiver, seul et affamé. Un après-midi de printemps, après s'être endormi pour oublier son désespoir, il est réveille par une voix qui l'appelle: c'est une femme tellement belle qu'il en devient amoreux et la supplie de rester avec lui pour la vie. Il la courtise au clair de lune, la suit dans les montagnes et à travers les forêts et se plie à toutes ses volontés, même la dernière et la plus difficile, pour se rendre compte, à la fin, qu'elle l'a quitté. Mais il ne désespéra pas, car elle a fait en sorte qu'il ne soit plus jamais seul ni affamé.

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Guerrier-Solitaire et le fantôme
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American; Arapaho;

Issue des Plaines de l'Ouest, cette légende arapaho est une démonstration du courage, de l'endurance et des valeurs spirituelles de ceux qui chassaient le bison à pied avant l'âge du cheval. Blessé à la suite d'un accident et abandonné par ses compagnons de chasse, Guerrier-Solitaire doit combattre la faim, le froid, le désespoir et la terrifiante apparition d'un fantôme squelettique. La gratitude qu'il éprouve envers l'animal qu'il a dû tuer pour survivre et la force qui lui permet de vaincre sa peur et de garder sa dignité en font un héros idéal.

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How We Saw the World: Nine Native Stories of the Way Things Began
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All peoples have their own stories of how the Earth was created, what separated the land from the seas, and how the many animals, fish, and other creatures came to have their particular characteristics. The native tribes of North America are no different: they too have stories about the “way things began.” A fascinating collection of tales that explain the origins of tornadoes, forest fires, butterflies, horses, Niagara Falls, why dogs are our best friends, and even a very funny story of why owls and rabbits look the way they do.

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“Taylor tells the tale with straightforward ease: her paintings, exquisitely evocative of their primeval setting.” –Kirkus Reviews

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32 pages | 8.54" x 11.27"

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Le secret du bison blanc
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous American;

Un printemps, dans les Black Hills du Dakota du sud, le retour des troupeaux de bisons n'a pas lieu. Le village est en émoi: les habitants deviennent égoïstes et les aînés perdent leur autorité. Arrive alors une femme éblouissante, porteuse d'un message. Une fois que les habitants ont appris à travailler harmonieusement à la construction d'un grand tipi, elle leur remet le premier calumet de paix et leur apprend à l'offrir aux quatre coins de la terre.

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Peace Walker: The Legend of Hiawatha and Tekanawita
Format: Hardcover

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.

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Petit Ruisseau et le don des animaux
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Petit Ruisseau était un jeune chasseur possédant un don exceptionnel: il pouvait parler aux animaux. Il adorait vivre parmi les bêtes de la forêt. Un jour, après avoir passé tout l'été hors du village, il est rentré alors que les feuilles rougissaient. Une terrible nouvelle le frappa: les habitants du village étaient malades et ne pouvaient faire leurs récoltes pour l'hiver. Ils mourraient de faim. Petit Ruisseau offrit donc de faire seul les récoltes, mais une mission plus importante l'attendait: obtenir des animaux le remède qui guérirait les habitants du village.

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Spirits, Fairies and Merpeople
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

From the heartbreaking Mi’kmaq story of Minnow, a mermaid in the Atlantic who must choose between two worlds to that of Water Lily and her five brothers, told by the Coos in British Columbia, creatures that inhabit fantastic realms appear in many First Nation stories. C. J. Taylor draws from those stories and from her own Mohawk heritage in this collection of haunting tales about some of the powerful spirits who touch the lives of human folk. The spirits of heaven and earth from the Ute help bring an understanding of the stars in the sky. The Cree story, “Souls in the Fog,” presents the battle between the good and the evil-minded. The Ojibwa “Fairy Village” is a unique and touching love story. Illustrated with her own powerful oil paintings, this is a collection to read and an excellent story-teller’s resource.

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The Ghost and Lone Warrior
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous;

Crippled in an accident and left behind by his hunting party, Lone Warrior must overcome hunger, cold, pain, and despair to survive. But most terrifying of all his trials is the appearance of a skeleton-ghost arisen from the grave. That Lone Warrior can still remember to express his gratitude to the animal he must kill to survive, and that he does not allow fear to diminish his dignity, makes him an ideal hero.

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