"Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend"

Apr 28, 2014

Award-winning illustrator Donald F. Montileaux has put another ancient Lakota tale to paper. "Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend" features a Lakota translation by Agnes Gay and is the newest children's book from the South Dakota State Historical Society. "Tasunka" is a story of adventure, discovery, loss and renewal, set to beautiful ledger-style illustrations that illuminate the story of the horse and its importance to the plains people. "Tasunka" uses traditional storytelling methods to impart wisdom to new generations. "Tasunka" is the first time Montileaux has worked with the State Historical Society as both an author and an illustrator. Montileaux is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Montileaux contributed artwork to the multi-award winning State Historical Society Press book, "Tatanka and the Lakota People: A Creation Story," and illustrated "The Enchanted Buffalo," part of the Press's Prairie Tale series. Montileaux joined Dakota Midday to discuss his newest book.