Flying with the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear: Stories from Native North America

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Thesse 16 rich, thought-provoking Native American tales associated with rites of passage come from a variety of tribal nations. All show the reverence for nature; all are full of magic and adventure.

A collection of traditional tales which present the heritage of various Indian nations, including the Wampanoag, Cherokee, Osage, Lakota, and Tlingit.

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Overview

Thesse 16 rich, thought-provoking Native American tales associated with rites of passage come from a variety of tribal nations. All show the reverence for nature; all are full of magic and adventure.

A collection of traditional tales which present the heritage of various Indian nations, including the Wampanoag, Cherokee, Osage, Lakota, and Tlingit.

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In Native American cultures the passage of a boy into manhood is a highly significant event marked by a variety of rituals. ``One powerful way in which the meanings of this transition have been taught for thousands of years is through traditional stories,'' remarks storyteller/author Bruchac in the introduction to this selection of coming-of-age tales (see also Bruchac's Fox Song , reviewed above). Organized according to the region of North America from which they originate, these brief fables have the moral structure and pungent immediacy found in the more widely known European folktales. In the title story, from the Iroquois, Swift Runner--a small, underestimated boy--becomes a man when he hunts and kills a bear that has murdered members of his tribe. A Caddo story, ``The Wild Boy,'' links the origin of thunder and lightning to two brothers' quest. Ignored by his father, the Pueblo hero of ``The Bear Boy'' is raised alongside a mother bear's cubs. Words and phrases from various Native American languages liberally stud the well-cadenced text, enhancing the already authentic atmosphere. Ages 10-13. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Bruchac offers a collection of sixteen traditional Native American tales that present the heritage of various nations including the Anishinabe, Iroquois, Cherokee, Creek, Osage, Apache, Dine (Navajo), Pueblo, Lakota, Cheyenne, etc. The stories are divided into four sections because four is a powerful number in Native American cultures-four seasons, four winds, four directions, and the four stages in life. They address rituals and rites of passage to adulthood for boys, but they also stress what it means to be a man-to benefit oneself and society. The ideal is not to achieve personal wealth, but to gain knowledge and power that enables the individual to serve others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816730278
  • Publisher: Troll Communications L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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