Kokopelli: Drum in Belly - Shumakolowa Native Arts

Kokopelli: Drum in Belly

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This handsome picture book for middle readers relates the story of legendary Native American deity Kokopelli the Cicada. Mesmerized by Kokopelli's haunting flute music and calmed by the thumping of the drum in his belly, the naive Ant People follow Kokopelli out of the Dark World through four layers of other worlds until they reach the Green World, where sunlight "shriveled their underground skins" and they become the First People. Along the way, they learn about growing food, getting along with others, and respecting elders, which enables them to survive and flourish in their new environment.


  • Author: Gail E. Haley
  • Paperback 32 pages
  • Publisher:Filter Press (September 1, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0865410690
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches

About the Artist

Gail E. Haley (born 1939) is an American author and illustrator. She has won the annual awards for children's book illustration from both the American and British librarians, for two different picture books. She won the 1971 Caldecott Medal for A Story a Story (Atheneum Books, 1970), which she retold from an African folk tale, and the 1976 Kate Greenaway Medal for The Post Office Cat, her own historical fiction about a London post office.

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