Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jennifer Finley Greene, Julie Cajune, Antoine Sandoval

Traditionally, the Salish people of the Pacific Northwest followed a seasonal calendar that is reflected in their names for each month. Activities marked the resources and gifts of each season. Many of these traditional activities continue today among families and in various tribal communities.

In Huckleberries, Buttercups, and Celebrations, author and poet Jennifer Greene celebrates the cultural activities of each month through sonnets that share reverence, delight, and joy.

Complementing the monthly sonnets is the extraordinary original art of Antoine Sandoval. To make each month unique, Antoine chose a different style and medium for each separate illustration. The result is magical!

An illustrated glossary at the end of the book provides meaning and explanation.

Hear Jennifer Greene, Antoine Sandoval, and Julie Cajune, project coordinator, talk about the book, the illustrations, and the importance of the Salish culture during this week's broadcast of The Write Question.

There are many ways to listen:
Jennifer Greene lives on the Flathead Reservation in Montana where she was born and raised. Her book of poetry entitled What I Keep was the winner of the 1998 North American Native Authors Poetry Award. She won first-place awards from the Native American Journalists Association for feature writing Her writing appeared on a CD entitled Heart of the Bitterroot: Voices of Salish and Pend d'Orielle Women, which was nominated for a Native American Music Award in 2008.

In 2010, Jennifer won a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers in the Adult Fiction category for an article that appeared in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Her latest collection of poetry, published by Foothills Publishing, is entitled What Lasts. Jennifer Finley Greene is Salish and Chappewa-Cree and a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.

Antoine Sandoval was born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation. He graduated from Two Eagle River School and Salish Kootenai College. He's been a contract artist, working on projects from pamphlets to road signs. Much of the work he has done has been for Nkwusm, the Salish language revitalization school. In 2008, Npustin Press published The Gift of the Bitterroot, which features illustrations by Antoine Sandoval.

Antoine has worked collaboratively with his brother, Sam, and father, Tony Sandoval, on a book about the Salish people's first meeting with Lewis and Clark. Antoine's native roots are Salish/Pend d'Oreille and Diné (Navajo). He currently resides in Arlee, Montana.

Julie Cajune has been working in education for over 20 years. A former classroom teacher, Julie went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Education and worked as a curriculum specialist for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She returned to public education and worked as a school administrator for six years. During her tenure with the Ronan School district, Julie was awarded the Milken National Educator Award.

Ms. Cajune has worked on culturally responsive educational materials for the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Montana Historical Society and numerous other entities. She recently completed a three-year project developing tribal history materials funded by the Montana State Legislature. In 2009 Julie was named as one of “50 visionaries changing your world.” That same year, she was awarded a 1.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Kellogg grant established the Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research at Salish Kootenai College. Initial center activities are focused on documenting community histories of tribes in Montana and across the country. Julie is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and a recipient of the 2011Montana Governor’s Humanities Award.

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