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Wood, Audrey.

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ISBN 10: 0152654755 / ISBN 13: 9780152654757
Published by NY: Harcourt Brace, (1995), 1995
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Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION REVIEW COPY. FINE in FINE dustjacket. Illustrated by Robert Florczak. 32 pages, boards. Unusual creation myth that tells how the Chumash Indians of California were created from the seeds of a sacred plant. Dramatic color paintings. Bookseller Inventory # 04512

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Publisher: NY: Harcourt Brace, (1995)

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Hutash the earth goddess must decide what to do with her tribe when the Chumash people grow too numerous for their island home. This unusual legend reveals how Hutash accomplished the dangerous task of sending half of them to the land across the water-and how she saved some of the Chumash from drowning by turning them into dolphins. “Wood and debut illustrator Florczak offer a transcendent adaptation of a Native American tale, their work a shining example of economy and elegance of text, originality of interpretation and dazzling illustrative technique.”--Publishers Weekly

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On the island of Limuw, where the heavens touch the sea, Hutash the earth goddess walked alone...

...until she planted the seeds from a sacred plant. Instead of flowers, beautiful people came forth from each plant and populated the lush island, forming the Chumash tribe. The Tribe flourished, but when the people became too numerous for their island, Hutash knew she must send half of them to the land across the water.

This unusual legend reveals how she accomplished this dangerous task- and how she saved some of the Chumash from drowning by transforming them into dolphins.

In a reverential retelling, Audrey Wood beautifully captures the spirit of this creation myth, and Robert Florczak's dramatic paintings bring to life the beauty of the Chumash people, their culture, and their environment.

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