Bridging Cultures: An Interview with Indigenous Creatives – Laurel Goodluck & Bridget George

Bridging Cultures: An Interview with Indigenous Creatives – Laurel Goodluck & Bridget George

In the latest episode of the Pow Wow Life podcast, host Paul Gowder gives us an intimate conversation with Laurel Goodluck and Bridget George, the author and illustrator of the heartwarming children's book ‘Too Much, My Great Big Native Family.‘ 

Laurel Goodluck, who hails from the Mandan and Hidatsa, shares her inspiration for the book, rooted deeply in her upbringing within a large, extended family's tribal tradition that nurtured her. The story reflects the warmth and energy of family life, with a gentle reminder of the need for personal space, even within the closest of kinships.

Too Much: My Great Big Native Family
  • Hardcover Book
  • Goodluck, Laurel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 01/23/2024 (Publication Date) - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Bridget George, an Anishinaabe artist from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, brings the tale to life with her stunning illustrations. Her background in graphic design and love for illustration shines through every page, creating a visual feast that complements the narrative beautifully. Bridget's work celebrates the spirit of indigenous families and their vibrant communities, all while challenging the often historical confines of indigenous representation in children's books.

The conversation delves into the collaborative process of creating a picture book, the dynamic between text and art, and the team effort that involves not just the author and illustrator but the entire publishing team. This episode is not just for those interested in indigenous culture or children's literature; it's for anyone who appreciates the art of storytelling and the beauty of seeing a creative vision come to life.

Both Laurel and Bridget are paving the way for future indigenous storytellers and artists. They encourage the youth to embrace their heritage, share their stories, and dream big—much like the little astronaut in their book. Their upcoming projects promise to further enrich the landscape of indigenous literature, and we can't wait to see what they have in store.

So, if you're looking for a dose of inspiration, a glimpse into the world of book creation, or simply a story that warms the heart and stirs the soul, tune into this episode of the Powell Life Podcast. And don't forget to stick around until the end for a trivia question that could win you a powwows.com sticker pack!

Remember, stories like ‘Too Much, My Great Big Native Family' are more than just books. They are windows into worlds that may be unfamiliar to some but are home to many. They are invitations to understand, to dream, and to celebrate the rich tapestry of human experience. Listen to the episode, and let the journey begin.

Laurel Goodluck & Birdget George - Pow Wow Nation Live

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