Hot off the South Dakota Historical Society Press: Elementary Students’ Young Readers One Book ‘Tatanka’ Arrives at SDHC Office!

Three Book Bind-In Being Distributed to Schools Around the State

The 2019 Young Readers One Book is ready for young readers! The South Dakota State Historical Society Press has printed and delivered thousands of copies of "Tatanka and Other Legends of the Lakota People" to the South Dakota Humanities Council office in Brookings. The shelves are stocked with copies of the 3-in-1 book of traditional tribal stories written and illustrated by Rapid City author Donald F. Montileaux.

Stories included in Montileaux's book, which includes both English and Lakota text, are "Tatanka and the Lakota People: A Creation Story," "Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend," and "Muskrat and Skunk: A Lakota Drum Story." The book is also available in audiobook format, courtesy of the SDHSP. SDHC prioritizes cultural education and inclusivity, which is one of the reasons the organization is offering Montileaux's book in both English and Lakota. Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill to recognize Oceti Sakowin, made up of the dialects of Lakota, Dakota and Nakota, as South Dakota's official indigenous language starting July 1.

Printing has been completed for the 2019 Young Readers One Book SD

Printing has been completed for the 2019 Young Readers One Book SD "Tatanka and Other Legends of the Lakota People" by Donald F. Montileaux.

SDHC Hopes to Distribute Books to Every Second Grader in South Dakota

SDHC is coordinating the distribution of the book to South Dakota schools, with hopes of getting a copy into the hands of every second grader in the state. As third graders, they'll be invited to see Montileaux talk about the book at the 2019 Young Readers Festival of Books Oct. 4-6 in Deadwood (young readers events are held in Deadwood and Rapid City; visit sdbookfestival.com for more information).

"Tatanka" was announced during a special event at the SDHC office in December along with the 2019 One Book South Dakota (for adults), "Neither Wolf nor Dog" by Kent Nerburn.

Nerburn will tour South Dakota in June in support of his Minnesota Book Award-winning tale of three men — two Native Americans and one non-native — who journey through tribal lands while exploring their cultural and spiritual differences.

The South Dakota Humanities Council, whose mission is to "celebrate literature, promote civil conversation, and tell the stories that define our state," is pleased to feature two books in 2019 that encourage multicultural thinking and diversity. Nerburn and Montileaux are both past Festival of Books presenters.

"These two books are both entertaining and profound," said Jennifer Widman, director of the Festival of Books and the One Book South Dakota program.

"Readers will find themselves immersed in tribal culture as soon as they open the front covers."

Printed and delivered to the South Dakota Humanities Council office in Brookings is the 2019 Young Readers One Book SD is

Rich Widman of Brookings assists with the delivery of the 2019 Young Readers One Book SD is "Tatanka and Other Legends of the Lakota People" by Donald F. Montileaux, which arrived at the South Dakota Humanities Council office in Brookings in late April. 

Looking to Get Copies for Your School?

Widman is coordinating the distribution of "Tatanka" to schools around the state. If you're a teacher, administrator or employee of a school in South Dakota and want to assist with getting the books to students in your community, please email jennifer@sdhumanities.org

Since 2003, SDHC's One Book program has encouraged people across South Dakota to read and discuss the same book through the year, while the Young Readers One Book program began in 2014 to encourage youth reading and combat summer reading loss.

In 2019, SDHC is expanding its efforts to provide copies of the Young Readers One Book to more students, including to youth who live on the nine Indian reservations in South Dakota. Montileaux hopes "Tatanka and Other Legends of the Lakota People" will bring various forms of enlightenment to readers of all ages in South Dakota.

"Being of mixed cultures, both which are rich in storytelling, I hope that people will first look at this book as a fun to read book; secondly that it makes them stop and appreciate the story that is unfolding, with the use of English and Lakota language and enticing them to want to research the stories more — to find out more facts that cast a light on other cultures that have a rich and wonderful background," he said.

The 2019 Young Readers One Book SD is

The 2019 Young Readers One Book SD is "Tatanka and Other Legends of the Lakota People" by Donald F. Montileaux. Thousands of copies were delivered to the SDHC office in April.

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