Hi all. We got off to such a good start with Reader Art of the Week in 2011 (three weeks out of four to start the year! Not bad!), but, sadly, I missed out on posting any new art the last couple of weeks. Sorry about that!
Anyway, let’s make up for lost time, huh? This week’s art comes to us from blog reader Tia, who is pretty much the OWL blog’s resident photographer (you can see her photos here, here, here, here, and here). This time, however, Tia sent in some fiction. Check it out:
The Creation of Stars
A long, long time ago, there was a trivial village surrounded by trees and lakes. All of the people in the village were fearful of night because it was so dark that they couldn’t see. One spirit had given them the Moon, but it was hard to see through the thick trees, so the people continued to pray to the spirits for more light.
One night, a Sky Spirit saw how worried the people were. The next morning, she gazed down on Earth and tried to think of how she could help. She sat down and saw a young boy shooting stones with a slingshot. She watched as one stone flew across the road and hit a paper lantern. That gave the Sky Spirit an idea.
She put a charm on the slingshot so that anything that was flung from it would become a paper lantern. When the boy went to shoot a stone, he was surprised to see that just before it hit a tree, it turned into a paper lantern. He kept trying to hit the tree, but had no luck. He must have tried a million times before finally giving up and going home. When the boy left, all of the lanterns floated into the sky, where the Sky Spirit was waiting.
That night, before the villagers went to sleep, the Sky Spirit lit all the lanterns. The sky illuminated, and she was very pleased with her work. The Sky Spirit thought they were so pretty that she decided to keep them in the sky for eternity. The people were so grateful that they threw a festival for the spirit and named the lights, “stars.”
Tia tells me she wrote this story for a writing contest at her school. The contest challenged kids to write a story or legend based on a First Nations theme, and Tia’s story was selected as the winner for her grade. Congrats, Tia! Thanks for sending in your art.
Now, to the rest of you blog readers: if you want to see YOUR art on the OWL blog, just email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll try to post it up on the blog ASAP. I’m looking for drawings, photos, stories, poems, or anything else you can think up.
Hope to hear from you soon!