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A’o loko, coming in 2016!

A’o loko: Written and illustrated by Ignacio. A traditional Apache story adapted for Hawaii encouraging critical thinking regarding social issues and the values of preserving culture. The story is about three brothers trying to save other children from being lost out to sea. In the process the brothers discover the difference between doing for others, teaching others and finding the root cause of challenges.

When things are easy, people loose their way and forget what it means to find solutions. A solution is not a complaint or having a voice about something but to actually do something and offer the solution is how we can move forward.

This quote is not in the book but by Ignacio and illustrates the spirit of problem solving present in the book. The illustrations are in progress and the book will be ready by the end of 2016.

About Author

administratorIgnacio is blessed to have Kiowa Apache and Cherokee heritage and to be the receptacle of many stories passed down to him from his Apache grandfather; he is one of three in the world to speak his dialect of Apache! He holds an M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Arizona. Ignacio has studied and lived with native elders and traditional medicine practitioners from Apache, Dineh, Mixtec, Aztec, Oaxacan, Queche, Nazca and Hawaiian heritage from Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oaxaca Mexico, Nazca Peru and Hawaii. His desire is to share this knowledge with children and parents through the medium of children’s books. He is also a self made chef and has a catering business, He harvests and prepares fresh, local and wild foods in traditional ways. He codes for iPhone apps and has many other talents!