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Gerald Hausman

GERALD HAUSMAN , the author of more than 70 books for children and adults spent much of his adult life in New Mexico during which time he translated Native origin stories with Navajo artist and friend, Jay DeGroat. Many of these were aired on Navajo Nation radio station KTNN and The Turquoise Horse was included in the Junior Great Books international reading program. It is used in classrooms throughout the U.S. and in the twenty years since its first publication has become a classic in cultural learning for elementary and middle school students. His folktales have also been aired on the History Channel, NPR , and Pacifica Broadcasting. 

In 2006 the University of Washington Graduate Film School, (supported by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and Pixar) created an animated short from Gerald Hausman's book, The Boy with the Sun Tree Bow. It has been used as a textbook for environmental studies in South America. Twelve of Gerald's other books are translated into foreign languages and The New York Times praised the  anthology Tunkashila: From the Birth of Turtle Island to the Blood of Wounded Knee by calling it “An eloquent tribute to the first great storytellers of America.” Hausman's books written in Jamaica where he and his wife ran a summer school for more than thirteen years are used as college texts in many universities throughout the world. Along with The Kebra Nagast: The Lost Bible of Rastafarian Wisdom and Faith from Ethiopia and Jamaica , he is also the author of Rastafarian Children of Solomon . In addition to these two he has also written five books about Jamaica with co-author Cedella Marley, Bob Marley's eldest daughter.

Other honors for Gerald Hausman's work are from the American Folklore Society, the American Bookseller, Children’s Protective Services, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council of Social Studies, the International Reading Association, Parent’s Choice, The Ministry of Education of Jamaica, The New York Public Library Best Books, and CCBC Choices/Best of the Year. 

Gerald and his wife Loretta have done a number of animal books together and with Alice Winston Carney they have led a summer workshop in memoir writing at The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico, for the past nine years. Gerald and Loretta also founded Irie Books which publishes memoirs, children's books, poetry, biography and translations.  A Hausman archive is available for research at the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut.

Find out more about Gerald Hausman:

Author website with audio recordings and video interview 

Complete publications, awards and biographical information 

Books and Writing

Largest archive of his essays online: 

The Image Taker and the Otter, The Spotted Frog and the Great Flood

The Kebra Nagast, The Lost Bible of Rastafarian Wisdom from Ethiopia and Jamaica 

The sequel to The Kebra Nagast; Rastafarian Children of Solomon and Meditations with the Navajo and Meditations with Animals

Audio, digital and print books dealing with Native American and Caribbean folklore of Gerald Hausman


The Boy With the Sun Tree Bow, a 7 minute animated film 

Haunted Caribbean from History Channel, some based on my book, Duppy Talk


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