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About the Author
Simon J. Ortiz is a Puebloan writer of the Acoma Pueblo tribe, and one of the key figures in the second wave of what has been called the Native American Renaissance. Ortiz has published many books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, but The People Shall Continue is his only book for young readers. His writing focuses on modern people's alienation from others, from oneself, and from one's environment--urging humanity to reconnect the wisdom of ancestral spirits and with Mother Earth. Ortiz lives in Tempe, Arizona.
Sharol Graves is a multimedia artist who creates innovative paintings, serigraphs and computer-generated artworks. She studied art at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico during high school and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mills College in Oakland, California. Her artwork has been shown throughout the U.S. since 1977. Her Native American Indian lineage includes Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee Tribe and Chief Peter Graves of the Red Lake Chippewa Tribe. She is a member of the Absentee Shawnee tribe.
"The times call on all of us to share The People Shall Continue. Ortiz reminds us that we must come together to save our planet." -- Debbie Reese, Ph.D., Publisher of American Indians in Children's Literature
"Simon Ortiz has long been regarded as a major poetic voice. He brings that voice to bear, along with a deep understanding of the beauty and endurance of Native American cultures, in The People Shall Continue. It is a book that should be in every grade-school library." -- Joseph Bruchac, author of Crazy Horse's Vision and the Killer of Enemies series
"A healing introduction, respectful reflection, profound and poetic celebration of the drumbeat, the heartbeat of Native Nations--past, present, and future." -- Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author of the Feral series
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)