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And Yet You Shine: The Kohinoor Diamond, Colonization, and Resistance (edition 2024)

by Supriya Kelkar (Author), Supriya Kelkar (Illustrator)

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The Kohinoor diamond, one of the most famous diamonds in the world, was stolen from India and fought over throughout centuries of colonial conquest, eventually landing in the hands of British royals who tricked a ten-year-old South Asian monarch into relinquishing it. The diamond was ultimately cut to nearly half its size to suit British beauty standards for the crown jewels-and is displayed to this day in the Tower of London museum, a trophy of colonization. Probing, poetic, and shimmering with the colors and patterns of Indian textiles, And Yet You Shine is more than the true story of a precious gem passing hands. The urgent narrative and well-researched afterword invite readers to consider the origins of museum artifacts and all they represent, how history is recorded, and why acknowledging past injustices and power dynamics can shape the world we live in today-and ensure a just tomorrow. This vibrant and moving meditation on resiliency invites readers of all backgrounds to decolonize-and shine with all their might"--… (more)
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Title:And Yet You Shine: The Kohinoor Diamond, Colonization, and Resistance
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Info:Candlewick (2024), 48 pages
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And Yet You Shine: The Kohinoor Diamond, Colonization, and Resistance by Supriya Kelkar

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And Yet You Shine is told in the second person, addressed to the Kohinoor diamond, which was mined in India around 1526 and frequently stolen throughout history since; even today, it resides in England as part of the crown jewels collection. This unique method of storytelling is an effective way to trace the history of the diamond, as well as the people of its native region. Mixed media illustrations feature cut paper and craft store gems, as well as two brown-skinned characters (one with long hair in a braid, one with short hair). The diamond also functions as a metaphor for indigenous, colonized people themselves, who have survived violence, upheaval, and theft of resources; but "no matter what, / they can't / they won't / they'll never dull / your shine."

Extensive, advanced back matter includes a history of the Kohinoor diamond, a note on alluvial mining, information on colonization, and "How Can You Decolonize?" with suggestions like pronouncing your own and others' names correctly, acknowledging injustices, expanding beauty standards, and questioning whose story is being told and by whom. ( )
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The Kohinoor diamond, one of the most famous diamonds in the world, was stolen from India and fought over throughout centuries of colonial conquest, eventually landing in the hands of British royals who tricked a ten-year-old South Asian monarch into relinquishing it. The diamond was ultimately cut to nearly half its size to suit British beauty standards for the crown jewels-and is displayed to this day in the Tower of London museum, a trophy of colonization. Probing, poetic, and shimmering with the colors and patterns of Indian textiles, And Yet You Shine is more than the true story of a precious gem passing hands. The urgent narrative and well-researched afterword invite readers to consider the origins of museum artifacts and all they represent, how history is recorded, and why acknowledging past injustices and power dynamics can shape the world we live in today-and ensure a just tomorrow. This vibrant and moving meditation on resiliency invites readers of all backgrounds to decolonize-and shine with all their might"--

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