Birth of the Fifth Sun: And Other Mesoamerican Tales

Birth of the Fifth Sun: And Other Mesoamerican Tales

by Jo Harper, Irma Martinez Sizer
     
 

Many of these seventeen short tales deriving from Mesoamerican mythology are traditional and have traveled through time among the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America. A few are contemporary and seem to originate with Nahuatl-speaking descendants of the Aztecs. All of them, however, grace the pages here in lively fashion for young readers nine and

Overview

Many of these seventeen short tales deriving from Mesoamerican mythology are traditional and have traveled through time among the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America. A few are contemporary and seem to originate with Nahuatl-speaking descendants of the Aztecs. All of them, however, grace the pages here in lively fashion for young readers nine and up.Many middle schools include Aztec and Mayan myths in their curricula, but the selection is narrow, the sources scattered, and the stories themselves usually undeveloped, even fragmentary. Most of the stories are found only in scholarly works far beyond the grasp of young readers. Now, enlarging upon the mythology that frames the decision making of her young adult hero and heroine in Delfino’s Journey and Teresa’s Journey, Jo Harper fleshes out tales of Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca for fourth through sixth graders. Young readers will also meet the Jaguar Sun, the Snake Woman, and the Pepper Man.To be as faithful as possible to the pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican worldview and humor of the original tales, Harper consulted closely with indigenous Nahuatl speakers and cultural anthropologists, yet her delivery has all the freshness and polish of a practiced storyteller who knows her audience. Here then for young readers and their teachers is an engaging introduction to Mesoamerican mythology and to an oral tradition worth preserving well beyond the classroom.Part One: Quetzalcoatl and TezcaBirth of the Fifth SunWho Will Be the People? Corn MountainWho Can Teach the People? Music Is BornQuetzalcoatl FallsTezca Shows His PowerMaster LogThe Pepper ManTezca’s MusicPart Two: Tricks and MistakesThe Thunder Spirits’ New CookThe Buzzard HusbandRafael Outsmarts the NahualLalito and the NahualThe Devil’s CaveThe Possum’s TaleChioconejo Rabbit and Coyote

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896726253
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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