Keepers of the Night: Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children

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Night is more than just a period of time between sunset and sunrise. It is another world, fascinating and mysterious to children curious about the night and its nocturnal inhabitants. In Native cultures mighttime is a crucial part of the Great Circle and balance in the universe, and Keepers of the Night features Native wisdom to help young people learn valuable lessons about the natural world.

In the tradition of the best-selling Keepers of the Earth and Keepers of the Animals,...

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Overview


Night is more than just a period of time between sunset and sunrise. It is another world, fascinating and mysterious to children curious about the night and its nocturnal inhabitants. In Native cultures mighttime is a crucial part of the Great Circle and balance in the universe, and Keepers of the Night features Native wisdom to help young people learn valuable lessons about the natural world.

In the tradition of the best-selling Keepers of the Earth and Keepers of the Animals, this book offers eight carefully selected Native North American stories. Field-tested, hands-on activities include nighttime observational activities and walks to teach sensory awareness, puppet shows to teach understanding of how nocturnal animals live, stargazing to understand constellations and the myths and legends surrounding them, campfire talks that relate a sense of being a part of the Great Circle, and traditional dances—such as one to celebrate the bear, a symbol of courage—to enjoy and learn their significance.

Perfect for anyone teaching children about nature and the outdoors, Keepers of the Night offers unique ideas about understanding the natural world—by looking at night.

Parents, teachers, camp counselors, naturalists, and storytellers will delight in these collections of stories and activities immersing children in the mysterious world of the night, their natural surroundings, and the fascinating world of animals.

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"2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, for which the International Astronomical Union is urging all of us to get out and look up at the sky. In other words, it's a great time to study stars...Looking up, of course, is easy; the trick is to know just what you're looking up at... Keepers of the Night pairs Native American star legends with activities, games, and science and nature experiments." —Home Education magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555911775
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/7/1994
  • Series: Keepers Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Joseph Bruchac, coauthor of The Keepers of the Earth series, is a nationally acclaimed Native American storyteller and writer who has authored more than 70 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and children. As a professional teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands, Joe Bruchac has performed widely in Europe and throughout the United States from Florida to Hawaii and has been featured at such events as the British Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. He has been a storyteller-in-residence for Native American organizations and schools throughout the continent, including the Institute of Alaska Native Arts and the Onondaga Nation School. He discusses Native culture and his books and does storytelling programs at dozens of elementary and secondary schools each year as a visiting author. He lives in upstate New York.

Michael J. Caduto is an award-winning author, master storyteller, poet, musician, educator, and ecologist. He has received numerous awards, including the New York State Outdoor Education Association's Art and Literary Award, New England's Regional Award for Excellence in Environmental Education, the American Booksellers' "Pick of the List" Award, and the Association of Children's Booksellers' Choice Award, among others.

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"Overhead, on any night when the moon is nearly full, you may be lucky enough to see cottony cumulus clouds drifting across the face of cool light beaming down. Over the millennia, Native peoples have been moved by this vision, framed by a sky spangled with stars and planets. There is something about the night sky that touches a place deep inside, connecting us to all who have stood in the darkness and gazed at the sky dome." —from the Preface to Keepers of the Night
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