When the world seems sad and family is so far away, a single butterfly can make all the difference. In the 11th story in the Nanabosho series, Joe and Matrine weave a funny and touching story of how the legendary friend and trickster created beautiful butterflies - "bringing wonder and laughter to children everywhere."
From the heartbreaking Mi’kmaq story of Minnow, a mermaid in the Atlantic who must choose between two worlds to that of Water Lily and her five brothers, told by the Coos in British Columbia, creatures that inhabit fantastic realms appear in many First Nation stories. C. J. Taylor draws from those stories and from her own Mohawk heritage in this collection of haunting tales about some of the powerful spirits who touch the lives of human folk. The spirits of heaven and earth from the Ute help bring an understanding of the stars in the sky. The Cree story, “Souls in the Fog,” presents the battle between the good and the evil-minded. The Ojibwa “Fairy Village” is a unique and touching love story. Illustrated with her own powerful oil paintings, this is a collection to read and an excellent story-teller’s resource.
At the age of twelve, an orphan named Will Cooper is given a horse, a key, and a map and is sent on a journey through the uncharted wilderness of the Cherokee Nation. Will is a bound boy, obliged to run a remote Indian trading post. As he fulfills his lonesome duty, Will finds a father in Bear, a Cherokee chief, and is adopted by him and his people, developing relationships that ultimately forge Will’s character. All the while, his love of Claire, the enigmatic and captivating charge of volatile and powerful Featherstone, will forever rule Will’s heart. In a voice filled with both humor and yearning, Will tells of a lifelong search for home, the hunger for fortune and adventure, the rebuilding of a trampled culture, and above all an enduring pursuit of passion.
The Trickster: A Study In American Indian Mythology
The myth of the Trickster—ambiguous creator and destroyer, cheater and cheated, subhuman and superhuman—is one of the earliest and most universal expressions of mankind. Nowhere does it survive in more starkly archaic form than in the voraciously uninhibited episodes of the Winnebago Trickster Cycle, recorded here is full. Anthropological and psychological analyses by Radin, Kerényi, and Jung reveal with Trickster as filling a twofold role: on the one hand he is "an archetypal psychic structure" that harks back to "an absolutely undifferentiated human consciousness, corresponding to a psyche that has hardly left the animal level" (Jung); on the other hand, his myth is a present-day outlet for the most unashamed and liberating satire of the onerous obligation of social order, religion, and ritual.
The first title in the series shows how Nanabosho came to earth to teach respect for all living things.
Size: 9" x 8"
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A great set to introduce young children to the Seven Teachings. Follow the adventures of Johnny, Sally, Tani, Bobbie, Bucky, Catcha and Folf as they all have fun in their own way.
Each Animal shows why they bring their own special teaching.
This book is a great way to help children learn the colors. Its strong pages can withstand the much love children will give it. The book comes with many fun parts on each page. From pop-ups too pull-downs, children will adore it.
Jack is a young bird who is constantly helping out others. He takes on their issues until he cannot even fly himself. Luckily, Jack is on his way to see his Aunt May, who has some words of wisdom for him.
This book set helps to teach children all about good manners. Whether it is at school, on the school bus, in the lunchroom or on the playground, each book helps to promote good behaviour and proper manners for children levels Pre K and up.
Part of the Lakota creation legend and based on centuries of storytelling, Tatanka and the Lakota People tells how the buffalo came to live with the Lakotas, so that they would have life-sustaining food, shelter, and clothing.
Presented in Lakota as well as in English, this book describes the Lakotasâ€™ creation, the trickery that caused them to move from the Underworld and their ultimate survival in this world. Its dynamic color illustrations by Lakota artist Donald F. Montileaux are full of familiar characters, including not only Tatanka the Holy Man but also the Great Spirits and Iktomi the Spider. Together, the words and pictures capture the imagination of children and the interest of adults.
The book includes an introduction and a concluding note from the illustrator, discussing his illustrations and their connection with traditional buffalo-hide paintings.
This book is perfectly suited to young readers who are interested in exploring their own and other cultures.
Winner of a 2007 Aesop Accolade from the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society
Winner of a Spur Award from Western Writers of America in the Storyteller category
Winner of a Gold Medal from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Multicultural Non-fiction
Award-Winner in the Children's Non-fiction category of the National Best Books 2007 Awards
Classic Iktomi stories from famed author and illustrator Paul Goble
"The exploits of Iktomi, the Lakota trickster whose mischief and missteps know no bounds, are retold in this beautifully illustrated children's book."â€”Minnesota History
In . . . Walking Along . . . Paul Goble has pulled together six of his best Iktomi stories and compiled them into a compendium of trouble, disaster, fun, and examples from which to learn. Iktomi is the Lakota name for the American Indian Trickster who appears in the stories of peoples all over the North American continent. He is famous for getting into mischief, causing trouble, and never learning the lessons handed out to him.
These timeless stories and Gobleâ€™s dramatic illustrations combine to snare readers in Iktomiâ€™s waiting net and lead them on a journey of adventure with the troublesome trickster.
Read a story about a boy and his Plains Cree family and their life on the Plains before the arrival of the Europeans. This story provides factual details about the Plains region and what daily life was like for the Plains Cree long ago. To enhance the factual details of the story, the book is comprised of coloured photographs of both the Plains region, and Plains Cree culture. The book focuses on the following curricular objectives: the concepts of family and community and one's responsibilities within them, communities of the past, and Aboriginal culture and history.
Read a story about a Plains Cree family and their ties to their Cree community. This story provides factual details about the Plains region, and what daily life was like for the Plains Cree long ago. To enhance the factual details of the story, this neat book is comprised of photographs (B&W) of both the Plains region and Plains Cree culture. The second part of the book is dedicated to discussion and review. The reproducible learning pages in this second half of the book focus on the following curricular objectives: the concepts of family and community and oneâ€™s responsibilities within them, communities of the past, how communities change over time, and Aboriginal culture and history.
This book is an extension of the Kindergarten series. There are additional learning pages on Cree number names, addition, subtraction, equal groups, sets of ten, number patterns etc. Along with the 20 piece paper puzzle, this book includes a unique number activity designed to instill active student participation and pride in our Aboriginal heritage.
Rich anthology of the myths and legends
of the Algonquins, Iroquois, Pawnees,
and Sioux, prefaced by an extensive
historical and ethnological commentary.
Simply written tales of warrior rivalries,
steadfast love, and victory over powerful
forces are suitable reading for youngsters
and entertaining enough for adults. 36
Every aboriginal nation has its gods, from
whom the people receive all that they
have, and all that they know. Traditional
American Indian life revolved around
communication with divinity, and these
authentic stories about the origin of the
earth and its creatures embody every
facet of their culture.
Charming stories â€” brimming with humor, whimsy, and imagination â€” include an Algonquin tale of how Glooskap conquered the Great Bull-Frog; "The Meeting of the Wild Animals," a Tsimshian myth recounting how all the animals came to fear the porcupine; "The Man Who Married the Moon," a Pueblo story; others. 6 full-page illustrations.
The Native American was a true lover of nature and close observer of the sights and sounds about him. He delighted in composing tales that offered imaginative explanations for everything--from simple stories about creation to fanciful accounts of how animals acquired certain physical characteristics.
This entertaining collection of 22 stories, compiled nearly a century ago by a devotee of Indian lore who considered them "well-worth saving," recounts many of the legends told to him by members of the Blackfeet, Chippewa and Cree tribes. Here are intriguing explanations of "How the Ducks Got Their Fine Feathers," "Why the Kingfisher Always Wears a War-Bonnet," "Why the Chipmunk's Back Is Striped," "Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice," "How the Otter Skin Became Great 'Medicine,'" "Why the Mountain-Lion Is Long and Lean," "How the Man Found His Mate," "Why the Birch-Tree Wears the Slashes in Its Bark" and many other tales rich in fanciful characters.
Told in simple, direct language and enhanced with 32 illustrations by famed "cowboy artist" Charles M. Russell, these fables will delight children, lovers of tall tales and students of Native American culture.
Noted anthropologist James Mooney (1861-1921) spent much of his life studying American Indians. In North Carolina, he lived for several years with the Cherokee, studying their language, culture, and mythology. His research resulted in this comprehensive volume, comprising 126 Cherokee myths, including sacred stories, animal myths, local legends, wonder stories, historical traditions, and miscellaneous myths and legends.
Among the myths included are these:
How the World Was Made; Origin of Strawberries; Why the Deer's Teeth Are Blunt; How the Turkey Got His Beard; The Rattlesnake's Vengeance; The Ice Man; The First Fire; Why the Possum's Tail Is Bare; The Bride from the South; The Water Cannibals; The Haunted Whirlpool; The War Medicine, and many more.
In addition to his clear retelling of the myths themselves, the author provides extensive background information on Cherokee history, notes on the myths, parallels between Cherokee and other myths, and further important information. Anyone interested in mythology or Native American legend and lore will welcome this treasury of authentic tales presented in the context of Cherokee history, life, and culture.
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