Native American Stories of the Sacred: Annotated & Explained [NOOK Book]

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The wisdom from these stories can become a
companion on your own spiritual journey.

Native American stories of the sacredare intended for more than entertainment: they are teaching tales containing elegantly simple illustrations of time-honored truths. From tales of Creation to “Why?” stories that help explain the natural world around us, these stories highlight the sacredness of all life and affirm that we ...

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Native American Stories of the Sacred: Annotated & Explained

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Overview

The wisdom from these stories can become a
companion on your own spiritual journey.

Native American stories of the sacredare intended for more than entertainment: they are teaching tales containing elegantly simple illustrations of time-honored truths. From tales of Creation to “Why?” stories that help explain the natural world around us, these stories highlight the sacredness of all life and affirm that we are each an integral part of all that is holy.

Drawn from tribes across North America, these are careful retellings of traditional stories such as Son of Light’s quest to win back his captured wife from the monstrous Man-Eagle; humble Muskrat’s noble self-sacrifice to establish solid land so other beings might live; Water Spider’s creative solution for retrieving fire for all the animals; and White Buffalo Calf Woman’s profound gift of the sacred pipe to the people. Each of the compelling stories in this collection illustrates principles that can guide you on your own spiritual quest.

Now you can experience the wisdom of these teaching tales even if you have no previous knowledge of Native American traditions. SkyLight Illuminations provides insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that explains the cultural and spiritual significance of the seemingly mundane objects found in these stories—tobacco, gambling, even the exploits of mischievous tricksters such as Coyote and Weasel—while gracefully drawing comparisons to Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions, among others. Whatever your spiritual heritage, these Native American stories of the sacred are sure to delight and inspire you with the sacredness of all Creation, and remind you that the earth does not belong to us—we belong to the earth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594733666
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: SkyLight Illuminations
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,334,108
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Evan T. Pritchard, who is of Mi'kmaq and Celtic descent, is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture, based in Woodstock, New York, and is professor of Native American studies and philosophy at Marist College. A musician and storyteller, he lectures frequently around the U.S. and Canada, and is the author of Native New Yorkers and No Word for Time.

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Table of Contents

1 Creation stories 1
The mud diver story : Munsee 3
The making of the world : Huron 13
2 The wager for the world 23
The chickadee story : Mi'kmaq 28
The adoption of the human race : Natchez 29
Co-no, the world's greatest gambler : Winnebago 33
3 The origins of fire 41
The first fire : Cherokee 43
Fire-stealing fox : Jicarilla-Apache 55
4 The sacred pipe 61
White buffalo calf woman : Lakota 63
5 "Why?" Stories 79
How deer got his horns : Cherokee 81
Why deer's teeth are blunt : Cherokee 85
Why the blackfeet never kill mice : Blackfeet/Ojibway 89
6 The sacred hero 97
Son of light defeats the monster : Hopi 99
Agulabemu, the great bullfrog : Mi'kmaq 123
7 The return of the sun 133
Chipmunk asks for the light : Seneca 135
Little brother gets mad at the Sun : Winnebago 137
Raven : Tlingit/Salish 149
8 Coyotes and other tricksters 155
Deer and blue jay : Klamath 157
Coyote and Wren : Klamath 161
Coyote and the Salmon : Klamath 165
9 Nature spirits, landkeepers, and tribal guardians 169
The meesang, or water babies : Washo 171
The great bird Ong : Washo 179
10 The spiritual journey 183
The stone canoe : Ojibway/Anishinabi 185
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