Books by Donald F. Montileaux

TASUNKA by Donald F. Montileaux
Released: April 1, 2014

"The simply told legend, brilliant illustrations and handsome book design combine for a compelling, important work. (illustrator's note, further reading list) (Folk tale. 6-10)"
Montileaux, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, adapts the legend of the tribe's domestication of the horse in this bilingual English-Lakota edition. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2006

An Oglala Lakota, Montileaux first created the ledger-style paintings (flat, two-dimensional) in this offering for exhibit at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, S.D. The illustrations are characterized by clear vibrant colors and characters that are portrayed in dramatic poses and facial expressions. The exhibit committee selected the traditional text that accompanies the illustrations in this telling of how the Lakota People were tricked into leaving the Underworld through the Wind Cave to live on the surface of the earth. They became "the Ordinary," or Lakota. Sensing that his people needed help to survive, the holy man, Tatanka, transformed himself into a buffalo and sacrificed his powers in order to provide food and warmth to the Lakota people. Both the English and the original Lakota words are used side-by-side on each page. A beautiful rendering of story and illustration that needs to be in every library interested in building the diversity of their collection. (Picture book/mythology. 5-7)Read full book review >