Book: Tali Nohkati, The Great Crossing by Koza Bellelicategories: Book, YA, Animal Encounters, Fiction, American Tribes, Spiritual, Rite of Passage, Nature, Wildlife, Young Adult Adventure
Koza Belleliabout this book: Creators of the World, Coyote and the Moon pay special attention to the only survivor of a blazing fire, Tali Nohkati, as the child takes his first steps. At the end of a long journey rich in animal encounters (Atii the whale, Yupik the she-bear, Atsina the bison, Iktomi the spider, etc.. ) that takes him from the White Land (Alaska) to the Land of the Red Earth (Tierra del Fuego), Tali is finally adopted by a tribe.
After saving Nuttah from the sacrifice of the Morning Star, Tali seeks refuge in the mangrove close to Hitchiti the Alligator and Raven the Raven where Caguama the Turtle advises them to go to sea. In the heavenly light of the island of Caguama, they taste the true happiness of starting a family and of living in harmony with a tribe. However, all hell breaks loose as Huracan is unleashed, its violent winds destroying their piece of paradise and taking everything in their path, men and destinies alike…
Tali Nohkati is a powerful story of survival and resilience. Its main character Tali was here, on the American continent, at the beginning of times, before all of us. "Tali Nohkati, The Great Crossing" tells the MG/YA readers of his growing up in the wild in search of his people. His odyssey takes him to meander into unknown territories, to experience peculiar animal encounters and to discover ancestral customs and traditions.
A cross between "My Father's Dragon" and "The Little Prince", rich in twists and colorful events, written in a poetic and rhythmic manner, "Tali Nohkati, The Great Crossing" enthralls its reader's heart with a breathtaking world that has long vanished, while teaching a valuable lesson.
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