A broken flute : the Native experience in books for children / edited By Doris Seale And Beverly Slapin. Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press ; Berkeley : Oyate, c2005. 463pp. Main Library E77.4 .B76 2005 : eale and Slapin are with Oyate, a community-based Native organization located in Berkeley, California, dedicated to the honest portrayal of the lives, traditional arts and literature, and histories of Native Americans. Their unique guide brings attention to some of the gifted Native writers and illustrators published by Native and small presses during the past decade. It also critiques the most objectionable work of non-Native writers and illustrators who have used inaccurately and in patronizing ways Native literatures, lives, and histories as sources of material to create works handled by mainstream publishers. The text interweaves essays and poems by Native writers with sections of thematically-grouped reviews of literature for students from K-12. As the editors note in the introduction, some of what is included in this text is highly critical of the non-Native work and "will not be comfortable reading," but it allows readers to consider the Native perspective on children's literature.
Seale, D. & Slapin, B. (2005). A broken flute : the Native experience in books for children. Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press ; Berkeley, CA : Oyate. A companion volume to Slapin & Seale 1998, this title begins with essays on specific problem areas and moves to an alphabetical section of both positive and negative reviews of specific titles. It is an essential reference work. 2b1af7f3a8