The author, Tana Streeter is a licensed clinical professional counselor and has been at Creative Counseling Institute in Billings for 14 years. Streeter, also known as Twenty Stands Woman, is of Northern Cheyenne, Sioux and European descent and has worked extensively with American Indian foster children.
Streeter's words pair with the works of two artists in the book from Falcon Books.
Seidel Standing Elk is a professional artist and instructor of his native language. He acts in many films and is a spiritually based native Montanan.
The other artist is Streeter's first granddaughter, ZoŽ Reagan, 16. A native Montanan, ZoŽ studies art at a Performing Arts Academy in Portland, Ore. Her curriculum will take her to Italy to further study art history in 2008.
In the book, Streeter arranged four stories, each honoring one of the four quadrants of the medicine wheel. The book is meant for youngsters ages 8 and older as well as adults, Streeter says. But she has used the medicine wheel concept even with with preschoolers.
"Medicine Wheel Stories: To Follow The Seasons," she says, "does not give a history nor does it give a description of Indian culture."
"Instead," she continues, "it is an actual experience in Native cultural thinking and feeling. This experience is shared between reader and the Indian authors and illustrators."