New Children’s Book by Keith Egawa Explores Traditional Native American Teachings

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 7th, 2014 Last Updated on: January 7th, 2014

Tani's Search for the Heart is the questing tale of Tani, a young Coast Salish girl journeying through the wilds of the Pacific Northwest to find “the heart of all things” and discover her own ability to make the world a better place. The book explores themes of cultural and environmental preservation, as well as empowering young people to become leaders in an uncertain time.

Tani’s Search for the Heart, is illustrated by siblings Keith and Chenoa Egawa, Washington State Natives of Lummi and S’Klallam Indian ancestry. The Egawa’s have drawn upon their culture and individual experiences to create a tale of Coast Salish legend, tradition and contemporary lessons for all audiences.

It is the story of Tani, a young Native American girl exploring the mystery of one’s purpose and place in the world. Following the death of her grandmother, Tani embarks on a journey through the forests of the Pacific Northwest, abiding by her grandmother’s instructions to find “the heart of all things.” As Tani is helped along the way by animals such as Bear and Otter, the magical Stick Indian, and the spirit of her departed grandmother, readers experience the first peoples, creatures and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. At the same time, they explore qualities of character such as self-confidence, respect for nature, and courage in the face of uncertainty.

Through uniquely engaging images and characters, accessible and enjoyable for children and adults alike, Tani’s quest reminds us of the ever-increasing need to preserve our environment, fostering a mutual respect for that which sustains us all.


Watch a video about the creation of Tani's Search for the Heart:

For the full press release you can visit PRWeb or visit Tani's Search for the Heart to find out how to order a copy of the book.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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