Reading Rainbow

The Legend Of The Indian Paintbrush

Season 7, Episode 8 of 10

Host LeVar Burton visits Dominic Arquero, a Native America painter who lives in a pueblo in New Mexico. The story "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" is also about a painter. "Little Gopher" was nicknamed bec ause he was the littlest boy in the tribe. While the other boys ran an d practiced with their bows, Little Gopher would decorate stones with the juices from berries. When he was older, Little Gopher followed tri bal custom and when out to the hills alone to think about becoming a m an. While meditating he received a dream vision. The spirits told him that will become a great painter and record the deeds of men and the c olors of the sunset. Little Gopher returned to his village and began p ainting, but he was unable to find flowers and stones bright enough to paint the sunset. So he began going to the top of a hill each evening . One night he had a dream. A voice told Little Gopher that he will fi nd the paints he seeks because he has been faithful. While painting th e next evening, paint brushes filled with the colors of the sunset mag ically appeared and Little Gopher painted the sunset. In the Taos Pueb lo, LeVar interviews the Naranjo Family and they show him how they hav e been making pottery for generations. The Concha Family perform nativ e dances in ceremonial costumes. The kids review other books about Nat . Americans.

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