April 12, 2007

Moon book is a mess

More on How The Moon Regained Her ShapeHow the Moon Regained Her Shape has another thing going for it...it can be used, according to the marketing page and reviews, to teach about the phases of the moon.

I anticipate that fans of How the Moon Regained Her Shape will say that its use educationally, to teach about the moon, or, to teach about bullying, are more important than the mess it makes of Native culture. And, that we Natives ought to feel good that our culture is used in such good ways.

Americans. Love. Indians. Too often, though, that love is there only when some imagined representation of us can be used for their end-goal.
(Excerpted from Debbie Reese's American Indians in Children's Literature, 4/9/07.)

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