Napi funda un pueblo / Napi Makes a Village
Written by Antonio Ramirez
Illustrated by Domi
Publication Date March 01, 2010
The government is building a dam, forcing the Mazateca people to make a new village for themselves on inhospitable land. Napi recounts what she remembers of this time -- traveling upriver to the place where they will resettle, the frighteningly beautiful jaguar she sees by the spring, the fierce fires that clear the land for farming, how her father has to walk all day to a far-off town so that he can buy food for the family. But what stands out in her mind very strongly is the misfortune that occurs when her father is kicked by a horse. It is Napi who hastens back to the village to fetch her mother and uncles. Her quickness ensures her father's survival, which she comes to know first in a vivid dream.
The text in Spanish and English is written by noted muralist and artist Antonio Ramirez and illustrated by Domi in her well-known brilliant artwork.
Antonio Ramirez is a writer and gifted artist who lives in Mexico. He is the author of the three titles in the Napi series of picture books.
Domi's wonderful illustrations appear in many children's books, including the Napí titles by Antonio Ramírez; The Night the Moon Fell (La noche que se cayó la luna) and The Race of Toad and Deer (La carrera del sapo y el venado) by Pat Mora; The Girl from Chimel, The Honey Jar and The Secret Legacy by Rigoberta Menchú; and The Story of Colors by Zapatista hero Sub-Comandante Marcos. Domi is Mazateca and grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico.
“Maybe you don't know this but I dream a lot. So that night I dreamt that I was the jaguar from the spring that used to lie on the branch of the tree. Niclé was also in my dream…”
"...courageous and creative and joyful: [Napi is] a true role-model." parentdish.com
"...this unique story communicates to young readers the hardships that indigenous groups have experienced around the world when powerful governments have forced them to move...will both inform and interest a wide readership." Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
"An inspiring and heart-warming read for the entire family to share, this story speaks to the power of ancient community and loyalty in the face of modern adversity." Multicultural Review