The People Shall Continue
Using the People’s own words and rhythms, The People Shall Continue shares the history of the People of the United States, from the time of their creation through 1977. It shares how the tribes worked together to maintain each of their lifestyles. It shares how others appeared and wanted to take away the People’s land. It shares how the People fought to keep the land, to maintain the land, for, without the land, no one would survive. But in time, they could fight no longer. It also shares how the government took away their children to schools to learn to be American. The People moved to cities but struggled. And it told how the People continued to sing their songs, share their stories, and share their ways with their children to maintain their heritage. They saw other people–black people, Latinos, Asian, and many white people–were kept poor, too. They invited these other people to keep together as one body of People to keep their humanity.
This is a moving story that reflects the beliefs of the People, commonly referred to as Native Americans or Indians today. The illustrations capture different tribes’ dress and styles. It’s a wonderful introduction to the Native American cultures.
Children's Book Press
Simon J Ortiz