By a Native American poet, a picture history of northern America from the Indian point of view, told in the measured cadences of traditional oral narrative. Focusing on the Native Americans' respect for one another and for the land and its resources, Ortiz describes the coming of white people and their relentless pressure to force Indians into white customs and onto reservations. He movingly expresses the continuing kinship among the tribes and their shared responsibility to reach out to other oppressed groups. Graves' dramatically juxtaposed areas of brilliant color and use of silhouettes emphasize the vastness and beauty of the land the Indians lost; her figures, especially of the Indians themselves, are almost wooden in their immobility, yet appropriately heroic. An effective presentation of the dignity of Native Americans and their history, this should make all children better aware of the legitimate pride Indians take in their heritage and ideals.