Celebrate the Beginning of National Aboriginal History Month with Leo Yerxa

For National Aboriginal History Month we’ll be dedicating our June posts to Aboriginal titles published by Groundwood Books.

Ancient Thunder and Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall were both written and illustrated by Leo Yerxa, an artist of Ojibway ancestry. To create the following images for his books, Yerxa uses various types of paper to make beautiful collages.

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Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall

Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall

 


Ancient Thunder by Leo Yerxa

ANCIENT THUNDER
A beautiful and visionary book, Ancient Thunder celebrates wild horses and the natural world of the prairies. Using an extraordinary technique, Leo Yerxa, an artist of Ojibway ancestry, makes paper look like leather, so that his illustrations seem to be painted on leather shirts. The art is accompanied by a rich song of praise for the wild horses that came to play such an important role in the lives of the First Peoples.

Years in the making, the book is truly a work of art — one that reflects Yerxa’s sense of nature and the place of the First Peoples within it.

Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall
LAST LEAF FIRST SNOWFLAKE TO FALL
Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall takes us on a dreamlike voyage into nature at that secret moment when fall turns into winter. We find ourselves in a kind of paradise, which humans may be part of but which they have not despoiled.

A father and son lead us through forests, down rivers, over lakes and ponds. Along the way we experience the primordial beauty of the physical world. This is nature as we all feel in our hearts it must once have been.

Through lyrical words and a masterful collage technique, Leo Yerxa has created an exquisite and poetic evocation of this moment.

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