When God Made the Dakotas by Tim Kessler


When God Made the Dakotas by Tim Kessler

Before he creates the Dakotas, the Great Spirit, Wakantanka, asks Woksape, the Dakota medicine man, about his dreams for the land. Woksape soon learns that many of the things he imagined - verdant forests, vast lakes, towering mountains, and desert canyons - have already been given away. When Woksape allows the Great Spirit to fashion the Dakotas in his own way, however, he finds that the Dakota lands far exceed his expectations. Tim Kessler's creation story, framed as a Native American legend, reminds readers to find beauty and joy in what surrounds them. Paul Morin's stunning illustrations, inspired by the landscape and spirit of the Dakotas, celebrate the unique qualities and character of the Dakota lands and people.


Publishers Weekly Kessler's inspirational tale pays homage to the territory's history as home to a strong Native American nation. . . . Morin's acrylics, saturated with color, convey a sense of awe and gravitas that will surely open readers

's treasures. ForeWord Magazine When God Made the Dakotas carries an unusual message: there is astonishing beauty to be found everywhere, even in places -- or situations, that seem bleak.'

About the Author

Tim Kessler, a native of North Dakota, is a writer and seasonal park ranger in the Dakotas. He wrote this book to convey his own love for the Dakotas and to challenge readers to see the incredible beauty of what might seem to some to be an empty and desolate landscape.

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32 pages


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Publication date

22nd February 2006



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