Paul Goble is an award winning author and illustrator of children's books.
He has given his entire collection of original illustrations to the South Dakota Art Museum in
Brookings, South Dakota. We are grateful to both the artist and the museum for the loan of the
Goble, a native of England, studied at the Central School of Art in London and later worked in
that city as a funiture designer, industrial consultant and art instructor.
He has lived in the United States since 1977 and became a citizen in 1984. Lincoln, Nebraska
had been the artist's residence until he moved to Rapid City, South Dakota in 1998.
Goble's life-long fascination with Native Ameicans of the plains began during his childhood.
He became intrigued with their spirituality and culture.His illustrations accurately depict
Native American clothing, customs and surroundings in brilliant color and detail.
He researches ancient stories and retells them for his young audience in a manner sympathetic
to Native American ways.
He said, "I feel that I have seen and learned many wonderful things from Indian people which
most people would never have the opportunity to experience.
I simply wanted to express and to share these things which I love so much." He initially visi
ted the United States in 1959 and published his first children's book while still living in England.
Red Hawk's Account of Custer's Last Battle (1969), told from a Native American point of view,
was the first of three stories relating to nineteenth century life.
Since then his books have featured traditional Native American stories and reflect a belief
in the interrelationship of all living beings.
Goble has received a number of honors for his books including the prestigious Caldecott Medal
presented each year to the most distinguished children's picture book.
It was awarded for The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (1978).Paul Goble's books have won praise
from the American Library Association, the National Council of Social Studies, the International
Reading Association and the Children's Book Council.
His books have also been chosen for the Library of Congress' Children's Book of the Year award
and as a Reading Rainbow selection by Public Broadcasting.
With more than twenty-eight books published it would be impossible to show every illustration.
The works on view were selected by the artist from :
Love Flute (1992);
Adopted by the Eagles (1994);
Remaking the Earth (1996);
Return of the Buffalo (1996);
The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman (1998);
and Iktomi and the Coyote (1998).
I wish to acknowledge the South Dakota Museum of Art
as the source for the material in this introduction.
James M. May