Native American Mythology

Native American Mythology

by Q. L. Pearce
     
 


This new series is designed to help young readers understand the origins, cultural importance and impact of world mythologies; each title focuses on one cultural or national mythology and explains how those stories reflect the culture that created them.; This new volume in Lucent's Mythology and Culture Worldwide series looks at Native American mythology, draws… See more details below

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This new series is designed to help young readers understand the origins, cultural importance and impact of world mythologies; each title focuses on one cultural or national mythology and explains how those stories reflect the culture that created them.; This new volume in Lucent's Mythology and Culture Worldwide series looks at Native American mythology, draws connections between Native American culture and its myths, and explains how the beliefs, values, and experiences of that culture are represented i; This new series from Lucent Books is designed to help young readers understand the origins, cultural importance and impact of world mythologies. These books will explain how mythology reflects the culture that created it. Each volume focuses on one cultur

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VOYA - Rebecca O'Neil
The Mythology and Culture Worldwide series debuts with eleven titles. In Native American Mythology, Q.L. Pearce introduces North America's First Peoples by looking at the ten geographical regions of tribes (outlined on a color-coded map preceding the text), and then, armed with this environmental and societal knowledge, at some of their myths, deities, and spirits. Emergence stories and earth-diver stories are presented as the two main types of creation myths. Cross-cultural connections, such as Sedit's similarity to the Greek myth of Icarus, are noted, and even Twilight's Quileute mythology receives a mention (though Stephenie Meyer's name is misspelled). Though they are written by different authors, all three books maintain a scholarly, somewhat dry tone, with citations and fact boxes quoting academic works on their subject, as well as primary sources. Many of the myths are retold, and this is where the text becomes lively and readable. Teen readers may struggle with the textbook look and feel, but will be rewarded with up-to-date information providing a solid historical context for understanding each culture's mythology as a mirror of its society. Assuming the entire series is consistent in its format and content, it is a strong addition to school and public library nonfiction collections. (Mythology and Culture Worldwide) Reviewer: Rebecca O'Neil

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420507164
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
04/13/2012
Series:
Mythology and Culture Worldwide Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

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