SGU to Host Kiowa Children’s Book Signing
The event will feature readings from the book Saynday Kiowa Indian Children’s Stories performed by writer and SGU graduate Modina Waters, and Sr. Marcianne Kappes, a member of the Carmelite Sisters of St. Therese, who illustrated the book.
The stories revolve around the Kiowa trickster Saynday and were handed down from Waters’ mother, Kiowa storyteller Lucille Ataddlety Toppah. Toppah is the great-granddaughter of Tdohasan, the last treaty chief of the Kiowa People.
Waters acknowledged in the book that it would have been impossible to write these stories without her mother’s assistance.
“My mother possessed and shared a treasure of Kiowa stories she heard as a kid,” Waters recounted. “While my mother was telling [the story of Saynday and Whirlwind Woman], she used some Kiowa exclamations. She laughed and I laughed because she made me visualize the story.”
For Kappes, collecting indigenous tribal stories from around the world has been a life-long passion because many of the stories from those oral traditions have been lost to time. The opportunity to illustrate the stories collected in Saynday Kiowa Indian Children’s Stories by Waters, a former student of hers at St. Gregory’s University, was something she simply couldn’t pass up.
“The art style for these stories is my personal cartooning style that I have shared for years with others in cartooning workshops for students age 5 to 81,” Kappes said. “It is a style that I developed early in life before I had any formal art training. I hope to illustrate many more stories that will help the children of the future to celebrate the gifts that their ancestors lovingly hand on to them.”
The readings from Saynday Kiowa Indian Children’s Stories will take place in the James J. Kelly Library on the second floor of Benedictine Hall on the SGU campus. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, and both Waters and Kappes will be signing copies for attendees.
For more information, visist the James J. Kelly Library website or contact Anita Semtner at (405) 878-5295.