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Mayan Folktales, Cuentos folkloricos mayas

Overview

Discover the traditional stories of the Mayan people of Mexico and Central and South America, and learn about Mayan culture. In this collection you'll find such tales as Uncle Rabbit, Uncle Coyote, How the Serpent was Born, The Moon, The Screamer of the Night, and more than 25 other tales ranging from trickster tales and tales of ghosts and witches to moral tales and tales of the underworld, presented in Spanish and English. A brief history, color photographs of the land, people, and traditional arts, and recipes...

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Overview

Discover the traditional stories of the Mayan people of Mexico and Central and South America, and learn about Mayan culture. In this collection you'll find such tales as Uncle Rabbit, Uncle Coyote, How the Serpent was Born, The Moon, The Screamer of the Night, and more than 25 other tales ranging from trickster tales and tales of ghosts and witches to moral tales and tales of the underworld, presented in Spanish and English. A brief history, color photographs of the land, people, and traditional arts, and recipes accompany the tales, placing them within a cultural context. Grades K-12.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This text for middle and high school students compiles 27 two-page retellings of Mayan folktales. The stories, presented in both English and Spanish, are organized by themes such as animal tales, stories of masters, and encounters with the supernatural. A brief history and portrait of the Maya and their lands opens the text."

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Reference & Research Book News

"This volume follows a familiar textbook structure--a brief history, followed by a solid and comprehensive compilation of folktales. What makes it unique is the editors' thorough research and their commitment to the culture's oral tradition. Most of the tales were recorded from regional storytellers and all have a Spanish translation. Many of the tales make excellent additions to a storyteller's repertoire, and the introduction and the full-color pictures give sufficient material for reports for older students. Noteworthy among the tales of gods, animals, and the supernatural is the Hansel and Gretel-like story of The Two Orphans, but it is the Mayan version of The Weeping Women/LA Llorona that will garner the most reader (or listener) interest."

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School Library Journal

"If your collection is lacking in information about Mayan culture, you will be pleased with these retold stories. In addition to providing a succinct summary of Mayan history from the preclassic period through to Mayan life today, it also includes information on the geography, art, cooking, religion, and storytelling in Mayan cultureā€¦.Recommended."

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Library Media Connection

". . . an excellent source for enhancing a cultural diversity program. The folktales are generally brief and no longer than a few pages -- good for novice storytellers. While recommended for all ages, the stories, though some have double meanings, are generally appropriate for use with young children incorporating rhymes and finger plays; but the greatest use would be by the middle and upper elementary/middle school students and teachers. Exploring different areas of the world in their classroom curriculum as well as extending cultural programs would be greatly enhanced by this series."

Reviewed as part of the World Folklore series.

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Catholic Library World

School Library Journal

This volume follows a familiar textbook structure-a brief history, followed by a solid and comprehensive compilation of folktales. What makes it unique is the editorsa' thorough research and their commitment to the culturea's oral tradition. Most of the tales were recorded from regional storytellers and all have a Spanish translation. Many of the tales make excellent additions to a storytellera's repertoire, and the introduction and the full-color pictures give sufficient material for reports for older students. Noteworthy among the tales of gods, animals, and the supernatural is the Hansel and Gretel-like story of "The Two Orphans," but it is the Mayan version of "The Weeping Woman/La Llorona " that will garner the most reader (or listener) interest.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591581383
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 8/30/2007
  • Series: World Folklore Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition English Spanish
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN CONKLIN THOMPSON, Associate Professor of education at the University of Wyoming, former elementary teacher, and author, has written a number of books, as well as numerous journal articles.

KEITH STEVEN THOMPSON is an interpreter, University of Wyoming, Habitat for Humanity, and Water for the Americas.

LIDIA LOPEZ DE LOPEZ is a storyteller in Sacatepequez, Guatemala.

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Table of Contents

Map of Maya Lands

Pt. 1 Animal Tales

Uncle Rabbit, Uncle Coyote 3

The Rabbit and the Crab 7

Sometimes Right Is Repaid with Wrong 11

The Ant, the Flea, the Puma, and the Fox 15

The Buzzard and the Dove 21

Pt. 2 Stories of Masters

Mirandia Hill 29

The Disobedient Child 33

The Master of the Canyons 39

The Two Orphans 43

The Spirit of the Water 51

The Screamer of the Night 55

Pt. 3 Stories About People

Don Jacinto 61

The Song of the Owl and the Howl of the Coyote 65

The Moon 69

The Lying King 72

Pt. 4 Encountering the Supernatural

The Weeping Woman 81

The Stingy Old Woman 85

How the Serpent Was Born 89

The Goblin 93

The Simanagua 97

The Dwarf 101

The Giant Nimalej' mo's 105

Pt. 5 Supernatural Animals

The Man and the Buzzard 111

The Little Boy Who Talked with Birds 117

The Cadejo 123

The Man Who Became Rich 125

Seven Colors 143

Bibliography 159

The Storytellers 163

Index 171

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