The heritage of the North American Indian tribes has always been passed down through storytelling as well as rituals of dance and song. Few written histories today can recount the past as well as the tribal elders who once served as the historical, philosophical, and cultural educators of the entire community. Mary Louise Clifford’s When the Great Canoes Came
recreates this lost practice for young readers as the setting for telling the history of the Virginian Indians following their first contact with European explorers at Jamestown.
The storyteller is Cockacoeske, the seventeenth leader of the Pamunkey Indians. A successor of the famed chief Powhatan, she was a strong force in maintaining peace between the natives of North America and the incoming colonists from Europe. Her stories present the history of the region through a fictitious meeting between herself and the younger members of her tribe. Focusing most of its attention on Jamestown, the book is one of the first histories of the settlement from a non-European perspective. It will give children a sense of history that is lacking in most contemporary texts.
From the struggles against colonization to the personal triumphs for peace, When the Great Canoes Came is exciting, nail-biting, and enlightening. Suitable as a supplementary text for American history classes or simply for the enjoyment of a good story, Cockacoeske’s adventurous tales will capture the imaginations of children.
About the Author
Author Mary Louise Clifford holds a master’s degree in education from Virginia’s oldest university, the College of William and Mary. During the course of her graduate work, she followed up on a professor’s challenge to explain the English intrusion on the Indians to young readers. The result of her research is When the Great Canoes Came, a retelling of American history that is sure to raise cultural awareness.
About the Illustrator
Joyce Haynes received her BA from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. She has worked as an art director, a children’s book illustrator, and a designer. Haynes is the recipient of such accolades as the Judges Choice Award in Best Illustration from the Missouri Advertising Managers’ Association. She is also the illustrator of Pelican’s Eyr the Hunter: A Story of Ice-Age America, Jane Wilkinson Long: Texas Pioneer, Nana’s Rice Pie, and The Diary of Marie Landry, Acadian Exile. Haynes lives in Pineville, Missouri.
WHEN THE GREAT CANOES CAME
By Mary Louise Clifford
Illustrated by Joyce Haynes
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
144 pp. 6 x 9
10 Illustrations Bibliography Map Genealogical chart Chronology
ISBN: 9781565546462 pb (F)