The Lady of Cofitachequi
A South Carolina Native American Folktale
An adoring otter tells this true historical account of what happened to the Lady and her kin when Spanish explorers led by Hernando de Soto came looking for gold and silver. De Soto demanded that the tribe hand over precious metals and gems, but all the people had to offer were freshwater pearls and copper. In anger de Soto ordered his army to loot the temples and take all the food. Before leaving, they took the Lady captive and forced her to go with them. Otter watched with tears in his eyes as the Lady was taken away.
Where did the Lady of Cofitachequi go, and would Otter and the people of the town ever see her again?
About the Authors
James H. Palmer, Jr., is a graphic designer in Atlanta. He has illustrated two children's books, Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox and First South Carolinians. He also wrote and illustrated the video documentary Chasing the Swamp Fox for South Carolina Educational Television and created the illustrations for the documentary Forgotten Founder.
"With its arresting and detailed illustrations, The Lady of Cofitachequi both entertains and educates about the lives of the earliest South Carolinians and their often unfortunate encounters with European explorers. As seen through the eyes of a young river otter, the story of the Lady of the Otter Clan is embellished with details about Native American customs and village life. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending for the Lady and her animal friends."—Kathryn Smith, author of The Gatekeeper
"In this enchanting South Carolina Native American folktale, Kate Salley Palmer and James H. Palmer, Jr. deliver captivating historical details and mesmerizing illustrations. The Lady of Cofitachequi is a stunning folktale connecting readers to the resilient beauty of our native and natural South Carolina people and land. It is a bountiful picture book to be treasured for all time."—Lisa Anne Cullen, author and illustrator of Three Wild Pigs
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