The Land of the Great Turtles
A Cherokee origin story written in both Cherokee and English.
The Creator gave the Cherokee people a beautiful island with everything they could ever need. It came with only one rule: They must take care of the land and the animals living there. But what happens when the children decide to play with the turtles instead of tending to their responsibilities?
The Land of the Great Turtles is a Cherokee origin story that introduces the reader to Cherokee beliefs and values. Written in both Cherokee and English, the book will familiarizes readers with the Cherokee syllabary and language.
Brad Wagnon is a lifelong resident of the Gideon community and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He taught Cherokee history, culture and language at Tahlequah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, for 10 years. Brad currently works for Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach as a technical assistance specialist. He trains community leaders how to better serve their communities and manage nonprofits. Brad lives in Gideon, Oklahoma.
Alex Stephenson is a therapist, author and artist. As is a licensed professional counselor, he has served as a therapist for the Cherokee Nation since 2014. Alex has written and illustrated books on friendship, acceptance, anxiety and compassion with the goal of helping children and parents discuss difficult topics more comfortably. He lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
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