This artist just became the first Native American to win the Caldecott Medal for children's book illustration

Michaela Goade just etched her name into the history books.

This week she became the first Native American to win the Randolph Caldecott Medal for her illustrations in the children’s bookWe Are Water Protectors,” 에 따르면 American Library Association. 그만큼 Caldecott Medal is a prestigious award given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Michaela Goode is the first Native American to win the Caldecott Medal for children's book illustration.

It’s a great honor to be the first Indigenous artist to win this award, but I am of course standing on many shoulders,” Goade, a member of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, said in a statement to CNN. “I think it’s important to acknowledge and reflect on the significance of being the first in 2021, while also looking towards the future with much hope. I won’t be the last! It brings me so much joy to think about Indigenous youth who will see themselves in this recognition and know that their stories are powerful and value.
We Are Water Protectorswas written by Carole Lindstrom, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. The story follows a young Native American girl as she takes a stand against a black snake threatening to poison her people’s water, according to the book’s description.
    The snake, which is shaped like a pipe in the book, represents the Dakota Access Pipeline a controversial crude oil project that spans 1,172 마일 and extends over four statesand is a reference to the Black Snake Prophecy, according to Goade.
    The book draws its inspiration from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s struggle to stop the construction of the pipeline. 에 2016, the tribe filed a 불평 in federal court allegingthe construction and operation of the pipelinethreatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the Tribe.
    I wanted to make the Standing Rock water protectors proud while also speaking to everyone, particularly children,” explained Goade. “As I learned more about this historic gathering of over 500 Native Nations and non-Native allies from around the world, I was so moved and inspired. This book helped me better understand the work I can do and the world I can help change as an artist activist. For that I’ll always be grateful.
    The American Library Association announced the award Monday.
    Michaela Goade’s semi-translucent color palette beautifully bathes every page with powerful illustrations,” 말했다 Annisha Jeffries, Caldecott Medal committee chair.
      Lindstrom also congratulated Goade, 트위터에 글쓰기, “I have no words to describe how proud of you I am. I love you so so much. You are so extremely talented and just an amazing person inside and out. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So very well deserved. I wish I could hug you in person!”
      We Are Water Protectorswas published in March 2020 으로 Roaring Brook Press.

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