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TAOS PUEBLO FOUR SEASONS BOOK 4: FALL
Delightfully illustrated board book depicting autumn activities and nature in the Taos Pueblo Nation.
The beautiful board books, written without text, were created by the Taos Pueblo’s Tiwa Language Program to preserve the Tiwa culture and revitalize the unwritten Tiwa language by teaching it to younger generations. Many other Indigenous languages also need to be revitalized, so it is the hope of the Taos Pueblo’s Tiwa Language Program that other American Indian nations will find the books useful to teach their languages to their children. The beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations will also educate young children about the four seasons of the year. All proceeds of the book support the Taos Pueblo’s Tiwa Language Program.
We are the “Red Willow People” of Taos Pueblo and have sustained our ancient village as one of the longest continuously inhabited communities, for over 1,000 years. Taos Pueblo is located in northern New Mexico and our Tiwa language is a dialect of the Tanoan language, which is not a written language. Traditionally we learn our Tiwa Language through oral tradition but we are in danger of losing our ancient language due to colonization, modernization, and the shift from Tiwa as our first language to English as our first language. The efforts of the Taos Pueblo Tiwa Language Program are focused on revitalizing the Tiwa Language and culture by protecting and preserving it, through teaching it to our younger generations.
Deanna Suazo was a prominent and talented artist when her young life was tragically taken. Her enduring artwork has been featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City and Heard Museum Indian Market and Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. She was frequently a featured artist at the Santa Indian Market/SWAIA, where she had exhibited her art for many years. Deanna studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was working on her MFA prior to her untimely passing.