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Build high-interest theme lesson plans that accurately portray Native peoples and cultures with this authoritative guide to the best children's fiction. Professor Jon Stott describes books on Native Americans and their cultures for readers through junior high school age. This highly readable reference book also provides a balanced discussion of the disservice done to Native Americans by misleading, inaccurate, and insensitive books. Stott's perceptive text explains how some well-loved books make mistakes and reinforce stereotypes. He also includes valuable ideas on incorporating stories about Native American traditions and experiences into your lesson plans.

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Editorial Reviews

Discussion and reviews of contemporary works on Native American cultures for children, detailing misrepresentations of Native life and analyzing picture books, adapted folktales, and novels. Contains annotated reading lists with suggestions for presenting the book in the classroom, an examination of the work of a Canadian Inuit author, and outlines for thematic, culture-specific, and author units suitable for elementary and junior high classrooms and libraries. Includes author, illustrator, title, and subject indices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897747820
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/26/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

JON C. STOTT, Ph.D., University of Toronto, is professor of children's literature in the English department, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. For the Seventh Generation by Joseph Bruchac xi

Introduction. Learning about Native Realities--A Personal Journey xv

References xx

Chapter 1. The Way It Wasn't: Stereotypes and Misrepresentations 1

European Responses to the New World 1

Our Little Indian Cousin: A Good Indian Boy 5

Geronimo, Wolf of the Warpath: Freedom Fighter as Bad Indian 8

In Search of Sedna: A Children's Version of a Major Eskimo Myth 12

The Indian in the Cupboard: Making Plastic Indians Wooden 15

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: Did Chief Seattle Really Say That? 18

References 22

Chapter 2. Imaging Native Worlds 24

Picture Books and Traditional Stories 24

Traditional Plains Cultures and Stories in the Picture Books of Paul Goble 27

Native Faces of the Universal Hero in the Picture Books of Gerald McDermott 38

Living by Oceans and Deserts: Realistic Portrayals of Modern Native Life 49

Picture Book Versions of Traditional Tales 53

Picture Book Fiction and Petry about Native Peoples 70

References 79

Chapter 3. Native Tricksters and Legendary Heres in Children's Stories 82

Transmitting and Adapting Native Stories: Petics and Problems 82

Tracking the Trickster: Coyote and His Cousins 86

The History of a Culture Hero's Biography: Nanabozho/Hiawatha 105

Collections of Traditional Myths and Legends 122

References 141

Chapter 4. Cultures in Conflict: Native Experiences in Children's Novels 146

Native Themes and Narrative Techniques in Novels About and By Native Peoples 146

Invasion and the Search for Home in the Novels of Scott O'Dell 149

Self-Discovery and Cultural Recovery in the Novels of Jean Craighead George160

Discovery and Recovery in Children's Novels by Native Writers 171

Novels Portraying Native Experiences 176

References 194

Epilogue. Writing Between Two Worlds: The Inuit Stories of Michael Kusugak 196

References 201

Appendix.Incorporating Native Stories in the Language Arts Program 203

Philosophy and Objectives 203

Arctic Food on Ice 205

Author Study: Elizabeth Cleaver's Collages 206

As the Crow Flies: Pourquoi Legends from Across the Continent 211

Brave Hunters: Inuit Legends Retold by James Houston 213

Tracking the Trickster 215

Where the Buffalo Roamed: Plains Indian Mythology 217

Developing a Novel Study Unit: Julie of the Wolves 220

Other Units Focusing on Native Traditions and Legends 223

Author, Illustrator, Title Index 225

Subject Index 233

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