Green March Moons

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A powerful tale of growing up that expertly explores issues of rape, alcoholism, domestic violence and loss.



Mary Tall Mountain was one of the greatest Native poets.  In her story of an 11-year-old who was rapped by her uncle, Green March Moons tells us that awful things can happen and sometimes nothing can be done about it.  We still have to keep going just the same.  Oyate values this book because it describes real life occurrences that are not unique to her.  Doris’ caution about this book is that children should not read this book without careful adult supervision.  

When she was only 11 years old, Tashyana wore such a dignified air that her parents laughingly called her Little Old Woman. But even though she looked serious, there was lots of laughing in their house.

Things were different over at her Aunt and Uncle’s house; they never laughed with their children.

This story begins in the midst of a severe winter: the north wind was fierce and a terrible flu swept across the Koyukon peoples’ winter camps. Tashyana’s family would not be spared. And Tashyana’s miserable Uncle Vaska gave her no time to grieve. Author Mary Tallmountain foreshadows early in the story: “He gave her a brash, bold glance that traveled down her body and lingered upon her newly forming breasts and round thighs.”

In Green March Moons, a brave young woman overcomes tremendous obstacles with the support of her cousin and aunt, never letting her fear turn to spite. This short story is a powerful tale of growing up that expertly explores issues of rape, alcoholism, domestic violence and loss—all while telling an engrossing story.

Hand-drawn illustrations by Joseph E. Senungetuk—bleak but beautiful—give the reader a window into Tashyana’s world. It’s an adventure that any reader who has defeated personal demons will treasure.

Mary Tallmountain is Koyukon-Athabascan herself. She is a widely published poet and writer.

Caution: This book contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence, mature adult guidance should be used if reading with children or young adults.



Author: Mary Tallmountain

Illustrations: Black and white illustrations by Vladana Langer Krykorka

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1987

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Athabascan (Koyukon)