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THE LAND GRAB
ARRIVING APRIL 2022
In 1929, a corrupt land agent used fire and frightening tactics to grab the land of a Lakota family in Lower Brule, South Dakota.
The Land Grab is the story of Alfred Swallow and his Lower Brule Lakota family as they fend off attempts to take their land. In 1929 Alfred is eleven years old and has many responsibilities not expected of a young boy. He and his Lakota family are being forced to leave behind their tribal values and traditions and assimilate into mainstream American culture and society. His Lalá (grandfather), has instilled in his grandson many Lakota traditions which Alfred respects, but at times struggles to understand the message they convey.
The Legend of Big Heart Series is the exciting adventures of Alfred Swallow as his navigates life on and off the Lower Brule Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. The series begins in 1929 when Alfred is eleven years old and follows his journey into manhood as he and his Lakota family are being forced to leave behind their tribal values and traditions and assimilate into mainstream of American culture and society.
Alfreda Beartrack-Algeo is a storyteller, poet, artist, and illustrator. Her recent book, The Day the Earth Rose Up, is her Lakota version of the story of the Pleiades star constellation. She is a member of the Lower Brule Lakota Nation, Kul Wicasa Oyate, Lower Brule, South Dakota. Alfreda grew up surrounded by her tiyóspaye, her circle of family and friends and uses stories she heard as a child, along with various art forms, in all her work. “As long as I have a story left to tell, I feel I have a responsibility to gift that story forward.” Alfreda currently lives in beautiful Palisade, Colorado.