S.D. Nelson, who illustrated the 2012 book Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School, will visit students there this week.
He’ll give a presentation about his Native American writing and illustrations to the students, who he will be meeting for the first time, on November 30. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky recently received the 2012 Aesop Accolade from the American Folklore Society.
“This book reads like a finely woven tapestry,” says the American Folklore Society about the book, which was edited by Timothy P. McLaughlin. “Each poem and painting visually portrays a rich narrative of what life is like for current youth on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.”
The collection of poetry is about seeing the world in the Lakota way. “The poems enable readers to learn about the unique lives and heritage of students growing up in such distinctive circumstances and straddling cultures,” says a press release announcing Nelson’s visit.”
On December 1, Nelson will be at Prairie Edge, 606 Main Street, in Rapid City, South Dakota from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sign books for the public.