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Akta Lakota Museum to hold book signing

Cover for Montileaux book

CHAMBERLAIN — Award-winning American Indian author and illustrator Donald F. Montileaux will sign copies of his new book from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 17, at the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center, Chamberlain.

Agnes Gay, who provided a Lakota translation for the story, will join Montileaux at the event.

"We're very excited about this opportunity and to have Mr. Montileaux with us again," said Dixie Thompson, director of the museum, which is located on the campus of St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain. "His art has a strong presence in our collection. We also worked with him in 2004 to provide a cultural presentation on the Lakota tipi to St. Joseph's international supporters in Germany."

Montileaux's new book "Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend," is an ancient Lakota tale featuring a Lakota translation by Agnes Gay. Set to the ledger-style illustrations Montileaux is known for, the tale illuminates the story of the horse and its importance to the Plains people.

It is the newest children's book from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

The Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

-- Source: St. Joseph Indian School