Native American Mythology

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Myths are stories of gods, heroes, and monsters that include tales about the creation and destruction of worlds, epic battles, and heroic adventures. But myths are not random imaginings; they reflect the cultures that created them. The Mythology and Culture Worldwide series from Lucent Books is designed to help young readers understand the origins, cultural importance and impact of world mythologies. Each volume focuses on one cultural or national mythology. Major myths, characters, gods and goddesses, and themes...

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Overview

Myths are stories of gods, heroes, and monsters that include tales about the creation and destruction of worlds, epic battles, and heroic adventures. But myths are not random imaginings; they reflect the cultures that created them. The Mythology and Culture Worldwide series from Lucent Books is designed to help young readers understand the origins, cultural importance and impact of world mythologies. Each volume focuses on one cultural or national mythology. Major myths, characters, gods and goddesses, and themes of the mythology are presented with a particular emphasis on tying these stories back to the geography, history, natural resources, technological state, social organization, religious beliefs, and values of the culture that created the mythology.

Full color photographs and illustrations include a map of the geographic area specific to the volume's mythology, a family tree or other visual organizer of major entities covered in the volume, and an alphabetically-arranged table listing the major entities with pronunciations and brief descriptors. A glossary, a bibliography and a subject index provide useful tools for further research and discussion. Mythology and Culture Worldwide is a valuable resource to help readers visualize as an integrated whole a culture's mythology, its origins, and its impact.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420507164
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/13/2012
  • Series: Mythology and Culture Worldwide
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,418,894
  • Age range: 13 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Table of Contents

Native American Tribal Regions 4

Major Characters in Native American Mythology 6

Introduction: The Nature of Myth 9

Chapter 1 The First Peoples of North America 12

Chapter 2 The Universal Myths 29

Chapter 3 Deities and Spirits 45

Chapter 4 Myth in Daily Life 61

Chapter 5 The Survival of Myth 76

Notes 91

Glossary 94

For More Information 95

Index 97

Picture Credits 103

About the Author 104

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