the Indian Paintbrush by
lesson/activity ideas, a peek inside, and more
Legend of the Indian Paintbrush retells an old Texas
legend of how the beautiful Indian Paintbrush flower came into
the story, a small Native American boy named Little Gopher worries
because he is smaller than other boys and unable to run, shoot,
and ride with them.
But a wise
shaman tells him not to worry; he has
his own talents.
A few years later, when Little Gopher is on a hill
thinking about becoming a man, he has a Dream-Vision in which an old
man and a young maiden tell him
that he is to record the events of his tribe so that people will
remember them forever. They show him the
tools he is to use and directs him to find them in preparation
for the day that he would "paint a picture that is as pure as the
colors in the evening sky."
immediately set about looking for and making the materials he
then started to paint
pictures of great hunts and great
deeds, but he could never find the vibrant paint colors he needed to
paint a beautiful, bright sunset.
one night, he heard a voice
telling him that tomorrow would be the day he could paint the evening
sky and that the paints would be provided for him. When he went to his
special painting spot, he found brushes filled with paints sticking out
of the ground (and in the illustration, looking quite a bit like
flowers.) With those brushes, he painted a beautiful sunset
painting. The next morning, the people awoke to find the countryside
covered with color. The paint brushes had taken root and turned
into yellow, red and orange flowers. The people rejoiced when
flowers arrived each spring, and Little Gopher was thenceforth called
Native American cultures (Geog/History)
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author's note at the end of the book provides additional details on the
Paintbrush flower, the legend that surrounds it, and Mr. DePaola's
process for adapting it in this book.
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