Trickster: Native American Tales — A Graphic Collection
Matt Dembicki (Editor) 

My Take:

At the end of this beautiful collection, the editor writes, “I hope this book serves as a bridge for readers to learn more about the original people of this land and to foster a greater appreciation and understanding among all inhabitants.” And to my mind, he has accomplished this by bringing authentic Native American stories to the fore by way of the medium of the graphic novel, which, I feel, makes these stories very accessible and readable.  I personally loved that the stories were created using a wide variety of artists with a wide variety of styles and that the stories were told by Native American storytellers.

  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555917240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555917241

From Publishers Weekly

These 21 folktales, created by pairing Native storytellers with a variety of artists, feature creatures explaining how things came to be, like islands or stars, or animals playing tricks on one another. Often, the trickster, while trying to take the lazy way, outwits himself, especially when it involves Coyote. In other tales, Raven does whatever people tell him not to do, but ends up with a free meal anyway, and Rabbit tricks some buffalo and wolves and is tricked by Fox into losing his tail. Many of the stories, some of which involve tribespeople as well as animals, are told through captions, as though listening to an elder and envisioning the images he describes. Micah Farritor’s art in Coyote and the Pebbles and Dembicki’s in Azban (Raccoon) and the Crayfish are standouts in their animal images. The diverse styles are presented in lavish color in this thick, handsome volume. The short collection of contributor bios at the end is a helpful resource for finding more about the artist’s credits or the writer’s heritage. (June)
“…a great way to learn more about Native American culture through storytelling.” Read more @ Graphic Novel Reporter
“…worth reading if you get a chance.” Read more @ The Written Word

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