LADDER TO THE SKY: How the Gift of Healing Came to the Ojibway Nation by Barbara Juster--Adapt. Esbensen

LADDER TO THE SKY: How the Gift of Healing Came to the Ojibway Nation

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a companion volume to The Star Maiden (1988), a legend retold from the Ojibway chief George Copway's The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation (1850). This fascinating tale has resonances of stories from ""Pandora"" to the New Testament: In the old days, there is no death or disease; when their time comes, old people ascend a magic vine with spirit-messengers who come to fetch them. But one spirit-messenger favors a particular young man--whose jealous neighbors hound him until the messenger takes him up the magic vine. Distraught, the man's grandmother breaks the taboo and climbs after him, but the ascent is impossible to a mortal alone; she falls, bringing illness and death to the earth. Relenting, in part, the Great Spirit teaches the Medicine People to use all the plants of the earth to ease the people's pain. In lucid, dramatic watercolors, imaginatively bordered with stylized motifs based on plant life, Davie extends this gracefully retold story. A handsome addition to collections of Native American folklore.

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 1989
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown