Self-publishing a book is an exciting undertaking. Because we understand the dedication that is required to write a quality book, we like to feature our top authors each week so that you can get to know a little bit more about them and their book. This week, we are featuring Roy Naquin’s Tales of Little Bear and Little Buffalo.
In his latest book, self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Roy Naquin, uses his marvelous storytelling ability to preserve the clarity, the cadence and the humor of these delightful family stories just as they were passed on down to him by his father and grandfather.
The great-great-grandfather of Little Bear and his cousin Little Buffalo was the chief of the Choctaw-Chitimacha Indian tribe who settled on Isle de Jean Charles just outside Houma, Louisiana, in the early eighteen hundreds. All speakers of Cajun French, the tribe’s members were led there from northern Mississippi by their chief, who fell in love with the beautiful oak and wild pecan trees on the island and established the tribe’s home there.
Author Naquin presents an authentic backdrop of the culture and heritage of these ancestors as he shows Little Bear and Little Buffalo growing up in a changing world where they try to balance their customs – like earning the right to their own dugout canoes – with the innovation necessary for the tribe to survive, as with the construction of a new school house for their community.
Besides passing on elements of a valuable oral history as it was told to him by his ancestors, Naquin also entertains his audience — both young and old — with rascally tales of the two young Indians. The son of the tribal chief, Little Bear has a curiosity matched only by his daring and the mischief that engages him and his cousin as they set about living every moment of their young lives with enthusiasm and vigor will strike a chord in any reader who has scampered around his neighborhood in all those places he was not supposed to be.
The two young heroes, Little Bear and Little Buffalo, throw themselves into life with a contagious joy and a spontaneous wisdom, and despite their impish moments, they also display gestures of deep compassion and acts of startling bravery that set instructive examples for readers of any age.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Roy Naquin was born in 1944, and raised in New Orleans. He and his wife of forty-six years have four children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild on the way. This is Roy’s first book.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/talesoflittlebearandlittlebuffalo.
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