The Eagle on the Cactus: Traditional Stories from Mexico

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This beautiful tapestry of traditional tales, history, folk arts, and dance offers you a glimpse into the living legacy of Mexican folklore. After an overview of Mexico's history from the Mesoamerican indigenous era to modern times, Vigil explores the fascinating traditions of Oaxacan wood carving, Huichol bead and yarn art, folk masks, folklorico dance costumes, and Mexican folklore. A collection of tales follows, including classic tales, pourquoi creation tales from native people of pre-Hispanic Mexico, and ...

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Overview

This beautiful tapestry of traditional tales, history, folk arts, and dance offers you a glimpse into the living legacy of Mexican folklore. After an overview of Mexico's history from the Mesoamerican indigenous era to modern times, Vigil explores the fascinating traditions of Oaxacan wood carving, Huichol bead and yarn art, folk masks, folklorico dance costumes, and Mexican folklore. A collection of tales follows, including classic tales, pourquoi creation tales from native people of pre-Hispanic Mexico, and tales from the Spanish colonial era of Mexican history-trickster tales, adventure and wonder stories, and animal fables. Lively reading for older students and adults, the tales may also be used for read-alouds with younger students. With 15 of the 44 tales presented in Spanish as well as in English, this is an excellent resource for Spanish classes and for Spanish-speaking readers. The fascinating background material also makes the book an excellent source for reports and research. Color plates

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
The myths and legends gathered here exhibit the country's rich historical and cultural heritage. The book opens with legends essential to the Mexican oral tradition, such as "The Legend of the Poinsettia" and "The Eagle on the Cactus" (the symbol on the Mexican flag). They are followed by Creation stories that tell the Aztec as well as other versions of how the earth, sun, moon, etc., came to be. Vigil concludes with stories from Spanish colonial Mexico, including trickster tales; tales of transformation, magic, and adventure; dos compadres stories; and animal fables. The modern adaptations are written to be shared aloud and the broad range of tales, some of which appear in both English and Spanish, will appeal to elementary through secondary-school audiences. The text is easy to read. The pronunciation guide for Aztec and Mayan names is very helpful, but the lack of pronunciation hints in the glossary of Spanish words limits its value. Still, a solid addition to multicultural, literary, and storytelling collections.-Judy Sokoll, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This collection of 45 traditional Mexican tales begins with a brief history of Mexico and Mexican folk arts. The stories include classic legends, pourquoi creation tales from native people of pre-Hispanic Mexico, trickster tales starring the clever Pedro de Ordimalas from the Spanish colonial era, magical stories, "Dos Compadres" stories, and animal fables. Sixteen color plates show dance costumes, bead and yarn art, carvings, and masks. The author includes English and Spanish versions for many of the tales. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563087035
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2000
  • Series: World Folklore Series
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ANGEL VIGIL is Chairman of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, Colorado Academy, Denver, Colorado, and an award-winning educator, author, and storyteller.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Essential Legends 1
Background About The Eagle on the Cactus 3
The Eagle on the Cactus 4
Background About Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) 5
Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) 7
Background About La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) 17
La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) 19
Background About La Flor de la Noche Buena (The Legend of the Poinsettia) 21
La Flor de la Noche Buena (The Legend of the Poinsettia) 23
Background About La China Poblana 27
La China Poblana 29
Background About The Legend of the Two Volcanoes 33
The Legend of the Two Volcanoes 34
La leyenda de los dos volcanes 36
Creation Stories from Indigenous Mexico 39
Background About The Five Suns 41
The Creation of the World: An Aztec Myth 43
Los cinco soles (La creacion del mundo): Un mito azteca 45
The Flowing Waters (The Creation of the Earth): An Aztec Myth 48
Into the Fire (The Creation of the Sun and the Moon): An Aztec Myth 49
The Trail of Stars (How the Milky Way Came To Be): An Aztec Myth 51
The Broken Bones (The Creation of People): An Aztec Myth 52
Food from the Gods (How Maize Came to the People): An Aztec Myth 54
Alimento de los Dioses (Como el maiz llego a la gente): Un mito azteca 56
Music from the Gods (How Music Came to the World): An Aztec Myth 58
Musica de los Dioses (Como la musica llego al mundo): Un mito azteca 61
El Nopal (How the Cactus Came to the World): An Aztec Myth 64
The Murmur of the River (How Music Came to the World): A Mayan Myth 66
El murmullo del rio (Como la musica llego al mundo): Un mito maya 68
The Possum's Tail (How Fire Came to the World): A Mazatec Myth 70
The Gift of the Toad (Why People Use Sticks to Make Fire): A Yaqui Myth 72
Badger Names the Sun (Why the Badger Lives Underground): A Yaqui Myth 74
The Bridge of Many Colors (The First Rainbow): A Zapotec Myth 75
El puente multicolor (El primer arco iris): Un mito zapoteca 78
Song to Three Stars (Why Coyote Howls to the Sky): A Tarahumara Myth 81
The Comet and the Tiger (Why the Tiger Has Black Spots): A Mexica Myth 83
The Rain of Five Years (The Story of the Creation of the World): A Huichol Myth 85
Stories from Spanish Colonial Mexico 87
Trickster Tales 89
Pedro and the Money Tree 89
Pedro y el Arbol de Dinero 92
Pedro and the Pig Tails 95
Pedro and the Magic Pot 97
Pedro y la olla magica 100
Pedro and the Mule Drivers 103
Pedro and the Giant 105
Pedro and the Hanging Tree 108
Pedro Goes to Heaven 110
Tales of Transformation, Magic, and Adventure 112
The Wonderful Chirrionera 112
La maravillosa chirrionera 118
The Waterfall of Wisdom 124
The Miracle of Mirajel 127
The Green Bird 133
The Enchanted Forest 138
The Jewels of Shining Light 146
Background About Juan Oso 153
Juan Oso 153
Dos Compadres Stories 164
Ashes for Sale 164
Se venden cenizas 169
The Magic Cap 174
The Art of Lying 178
Animal Fables 181
The fox and the Coyote 181
El zorro y el coyote 186
The Lion and the Cricket 191
El leon y el grillo 194
The Mouse and the Ant 197
The Owl and the Painted Bird 199
La lechuza y el pajaro pintado 201
The Ant Who Learned to Play the Flute 203
The Burro and the Fox 206
Glossary of Spanish Words 209
Suggested Readings 211
Permissions and Credits 215
Index 217
Author's Biography 223
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