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

by Supriya Kelkar (Author)

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The story of the world's most famous diamonds -- stolen from South Asia during colonization and now among the crown jewels in London -- is a call to action for readers to decolonize and hold their heads high.
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Title:And Yet You Shine: The Kohinoor Diamond, Colonization, and Resistance
Authors:Supriya Kelkar (Author)
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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