, 2023-01-06 07:00:00,
Writer, illustrator and former public school art teacher S.D. Nelson has devoted his talents to teaching young people about Lakota history, culture and traditions through such award-winning children’s books as Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People, Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender and the Lakota Story series, including Black Elk’s Vision, Gift Horse and The Star People (Abrams Publishers). His latest offering is the 2021 double biography Crazy Horse and Custer: Born Enemies.
Nelson draws inspiration from his own family heritage. His grandmother and mother were born and raised on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which straddles the central border of North and South Dakota. An enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Nelson has lived most of his life off the reservation and works out of a home studio in Flagstaff, Ariz. But, as the author puts it, “My blood roots run deep.” He learned about Lakota traditions from his mother’s family.
“As a boy I discovered that the prairies of Dakota are only earth and sky,” Nelson…
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