"[S]he 'thought it would be a good thing if an Indian wrote an Indian book', and so she has written one."
OLD FATHER THE STORY TELLER
By Pablita Velarde
Signed limited first edition of the famed Indigenous artist's book of Tewa tribal stories, additionally inscribed by Velarde next to her photographic portrait.
OLD FATHER THE STORY TELLER
"All I can say here is kuda whyo-ha, thanks, in our Tewa tongue." – foreword by Velarde
Velarde was one of the best-known Native artists of her generation, and one of the few Native women painters to see major success in the form of awards, large commissions (like the murals for the museum at the Bandelier National Monument), and solo exhibitions. In the realm of children's book publishing, Velarde noticed the lack of Native authors and decided to record stories recalled from her childhood. Aside from the landmark 1939 publication of I AM A PUEBLO INDIAN GIRL, which was both written and illustrated by Native creators, picture books tended to feature Native artists paired with white teachers of Native students. Velarde decided to tell the stories of her own Pueblo heritage herself alongside her own illustrations, making this one of the earliest commercial children's picture books both written and illustrated by a single Indigenous artist.
Read more: Benes, Native American Picture Books of Change, 127.
Globe, Arizon: Dale Stuart King, 1960. 12'' x 8.75''. Original canvas-like cloth lettered in brown. Lacking original slipcase; no dust jacket as issued. Color pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Velarde with 4 full-page color plates, one full-page sepia plate, and numerous color vignettes. 66,  pages. Signed by Velarde and numbered "123" (of 400) on limitation page; ink owner name on half title; additionally inscribed by Velarde next to her photographic portrait, "Best Wishes / Pablita Velarde." Tiniest bowing to boards.
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