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Felix Vigil

Felix Vigil, a Jicarilla Apache and a Jemez Pueblo native, has been creating art since he was a child. His father, Francis Paul, a highly regarded artist taught and inspired him to create art. Soon after his father's untimely passing, Felix pursued art as a profession and in 1980 graduated from the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in painting. He participates at The Indian Market in Santa Fe and numerous shows across the country. He has received many major awards and accolades for his work including the Peabody Award for the artwork in the movie "Surviving Columbus". His work has been collected by discriminating collectors world wide and shown in prestigious museums such as The Heard Museum, The Eitelgorg and The Wheelwright in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


How Raven Stole the Sun (Tales of the People)
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Alaska Native; Tlingit;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4;

A long time ago, Raven was pure white, like fresh snow in winter. This was so long ago that the only light came from campfires, because a greedy chief kept the stars, moon, and sun locked up in elaborately carved boxes. Determined to free them, the shape-shifting Raven resourcefully transformed himself into the chief's baby grandson and cleverly tricked him into opening the boxes and releasing the starlight and moonlight. Though tired of being stuck in human form, Raven maintained his disguise until he got the chief to open the box with the sun and flood the world with daylight, at which point he gleefully transformed himself back into a raven. When the furious chief locked him in the house, Raven was forced to escape through the small smokehole at the top--and that's why ravens are now black as smoke instead of white as snow.

This engaging Tlingit story is brought to life in painted illustrations that convey a sense of the traditional life of the Northwest Coast peoples.

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.50" x 9.60"

Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork