Monster Slayer, a children's book by Vee Browne and Baje Whitethorne. Signed by author. 1991 first edition.


Written by Vee Browne. Illustrated by Baje Whitethorne. Signed by artist. First edition, 1991. Northland Publishing.

A gorgeous book that tells a classic Navajo story.

"there was Changing Woman (Asdzaa Nadleehe) and her sons, the Twins. When the boys were twelve years old, they asked, "Who is our father?" Changing Woman told them the Sun was their father, so the Twins undertook a difficult journey to reach him.

"In the beginning, there were also monsters of the earth who ate many of the village people, the Anasazis, causing their numbers to dwindle. Since the Twins had won their father's affection and trust, they were sent back to earth to help their people."

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"A terrible monster is plaguing the Anasazi villages of the Southwest's canyon country, so much so that the villagers are afraid to plant their crops. Who will save them from this monster's wrath?

"The Twins...respond to the villagers' cries for help and decide to seek out and destroy this monster, the Walking Giant. Armed with lightning arrows - gifts from their father - and magic feathers, they set out to defeat their enemy, and become heroes of the people..."

Vee Browne (1956 - ), born in Ganado, Arizona, is a children's book author and journalist, and a member of the Navajo Nation's Bitter Water and Water Flows Together clans. In addition to Monster Slayer, Brown wrote The Stone Cutter & the Navajo Maiden, Maria Tallchief: Prima Ballerina, Owl: American Indian Legends, Ravens Dancing, and Birds & Eggs. She received the Western Heritage – Cowboy Hall of Fame Award for Monster Slayer and the Western Books Award of Merit from the Rounce & Coffin Club in Los Angeles for Monster Birds. Browne has worked for the Navajo Hopi Observer, and refereed for Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Association volleyball and basketball.

Baje Whitethorne Sr. (1950 - 2023), born near Shonto, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation, was drawn to art and storytelling through visits to his grandmother's house and encouragement from grade schoolteachers. Whitethorne Sr. was appreciated for his landscapes and depictions of Navajo life. Among his many artistic endeavors are nine children's books: Little Black: A Pony Liishzhiin Yazhi; The Moccasin Game; Sitka and the Raven; Sunpainters: Eclipse of the Navajo Sun; Father's Boots; Beauty Beside Me: Stories of My Grandmother's Skirts; Monster Birds; and Monster Slayer. Whitethorne Sr. is represented in collections and museums worldwide, and received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
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Condition: Fine/Fine. Dust jacket. Illustrated cover boards. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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