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Giving Thanks: A Native American Good…

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (1995)

by Chief Jake Swamp

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I thought this was a really amazing book for a couple of reasons. This book is based on the Thanksgiving Address of the Iroquois people, the words in this book reflect the Native American tradition of greeting the world each morning by giving thanks to all the living things. The first thing that I really liked about this book was the overall message. It's not about what most people think about when they think about the holiday known as Thanksgiving and just eating a lot of food. It's about the original Thanksgiving, created by the Iroquois people and actually being thankful for the world and all that it gives us. It's about respecting nature and giving thanks to all of the good things Mother Nature gives to us. I love how the illustrations of this book depict the Native American people outside in nature. It gives readers a better mental picture of what the text is saying. Finally, I liked the organized and low of the writing in this book. It was very easy to follow and didn't add extra or unneeded details. ( )
  johngipe | Dec 15, 2016 |
This picture book explores the Iroquois culture and tradition of thanks and its relation to Mother Earth. Known as Thanksgiving Address, the Native American belief is based on the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift. In addition, it has intrinsic value of deserving to be there for a reason. More importantly, the importance of thanks for the use of Mother Earth is appreciative and value as the author illustrates in the text. One of the most important thing I learn in this book is being thankful and appreciative because we use Earth's resources to sustain our life and lifestyle. Additionally, our human activities have account for a lot of pollution and climate change around the world and this matters because it affects the interaction between the ecosystem of animals and plants and humans. So it's important for humans to maintain and preserve a clean, healthy environment for our Earth to be sustainable and useful for us to continue to live in. Finally, the acknowledge of hard work and the roles humans play in society is crucial for motivation of being value and it's something all of us can do for each other. All in all, very simplistic and meaningful book for young readers to read and acknowledge the importance of thanks and appreciation of using Earth's resources to sustain our life. ( )
  jhcao20 | Mar 3, 2016 |
Based on the Thanksgiving Address, an ancient message of peace and appreciation of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. Originates from the First Nations known as the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois or Six Nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora). These words are still spoken at ceremonies and governmental gatherings held by the Six Nations.
  UCV-RE | Nov 17, 2014 |
Giving Thanks is written by Chief Jake Swamp and illustrated by Erwin Printup. It is a Native American morning message that gives thanks to all things in nature. I really enjoyed this story because I am using it for a Thanksgiving lesson, and it is not your typical type of Thanksgiving book. It reminds me that there are many other things to be thankful for that we often take for granted; a great message for children. ( )
  AlissaNergaard | Nov 20, 2013 |
Iroquois (Six Nation) Thanksgiving Address: peace and appreciation of Mother Earth
  Folkshul | Jan 15, 2011 |
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A Native American thanksgiving address, offered to Mother Earth in gratitude for her bounty and for the variety of her creatures, including human beings, is presented by a contemporary Mohawk chief who has delivered the address around the world.

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Editions: 1880000547, 1880000156, 1880000466, 188000044X

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