About The Artist
Gerald McDermott began studying his art at the Detroit Institute of Arts when he was four years old. He attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he received his bachelor's degree. With Arrow To The Sun Mr. McDermott is continuing a cycle of films and books that explores his special interest in folklore and mythology. He describes his latest work as "perhaps the most successful in terms of what I wanted to achieve thus far." Mr. McDermott has made many films, and his unique style of animation has brought him worldwide recognition.
About The Book
The artwork for this book was rendered in gouache and ink; the black line was preseparated. The art was reproduced in four-color process. The type is 16-point Clarendon Semibold. The book was printed on Mead matte by offset and is bound in cloth over boards. The binding is reinforced and side-sewn.
This adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun is brought to the world of men. In this tale, a boy searching for his father is made into an arrow and shot to the sun. When he meets the Lord of the Sun, he is asked to prove himself by passing through the four chambers of ceremony--The Kiva of Lions, The Kiva of Serpents, The Kiva of Bees, and The Kiva of Lightning. The boy uses his bravery to pass these tests and becomes filled with the power of the sun. The Lord then turns him into an arrow and sends him back to the Pueblos. The boy brings the Sun's spirit to the world of man and, as a result, the people celebrate his return with the Dance of Life.