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Anthropology

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Artist Ken Gary Book Signing

Event Start DateSaturday, April 17, 2010
Clairemont Library
Event Start Time10:00 am - 2:00 pm
CostCost: Free
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Ken Gary, illustrator of the children's book, The Fire Stealers, a Hopi Story, invites you to his book signing at the Clairemont Library.  The library is located at the corner of Clairemont Drive and Burgener, east of Interstate 5.

Gary is a San Diego artist, writer, and craftsman who has studied about American Indians since he was a young boy.  He is especially interested in the people of the Southwest, particularly the Hopis and their ancestors.  The Fire Stealers is the third in a series based on collaboration between storyteller Michael Lomatuway’ma and Professor Ekkehart Malotki.  Malotki, a professor of languages at Northern Arizona University, has also worked with the Hopi and has written books about their language and culture.

This traditional Hopi story is set in a mythic time when people and animals were still able to communicate and interact with each other.  By emphasizing the dependence of humans on animals, the story affirms the vital connections among all living species.  Illustrator Ken Gary was inspired by ancient Pueblo kiva murals, especially those at Pottery Mound in New Mexico and Awat’ovi and Kawaika-a in Arizona. The illustrations are reminiscent of the highly stylized, geometric, two-dimensional mythological motifs of these murals.

[Some information exerpted from the jacket of The Fire Stealers, Kiva Publishing, Inc.: 2003.  ISBN-10: 1885772130; ISBN-13: 978-1885772138]

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