PEOPLE OF THE BREAKING DAY by Marcia Sewall

PEOPLE OF THE BREAKING DAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this companion to The Pilgrims of Plimoth (1986), the Wampanoag people of what is now southern Massachusetts collectively describe themselves and their beliefs at the time of Massasoit, just before their first contact with Europeans. Men, women, boys ("muckachuck") and girls ("nunsqua") give idealized, simple accounts of their work and leisure activities within the physical and spiritual cycles of lives and seasons. Sewall's gentle, serene paintings harmonize with her text's dreamy, poetic tone. Separate glossaries of English and Native American words are appended; the English definitions range from superfluous ("SAPLING--young tree") to mildly askew ("TAINTED--poisoned").

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1990
ISBN: 689-31407-8
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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