(“¡Gracias, Madre Tierra!”) | Inês Castel-Branco (translator of the original text) & Vanina Starkoff (illustrator) | Akiara, Spain
40 pages Leporello (also adaptable into a normal book format) | 16.5 x 23.5 cm folded (unfolding into a 3.24 meter long mural)
The Thanksgiving Address of the Haudenosaunee (the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy) is much more than a poem, a speech or a prayer: it is a great song of greeting and gratitude for all living beings. It has ben recited collectively in the morning over centuries, in a territory that embraces part of the United States and Canada. It is also an inventory of the natural world, in which each element of the ecosystem is given thanks for their contribution to the prodigy of life. Akiara presents this treasure of the Haudenosaunee indigenous tradition in an exquisite illustrated edition —with a very special format that unfolds into a great mural of Creation.
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