The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee

The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee

by Barbara R. Duncan (Editor)

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The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee by Barbara R. Duncan

Cherokee people have lived in the Great Smoky Mountains for thousands of years. During all this time, they have told stories to each other to explain how things came to be, to pass on lessons about life, and to describe the mountains, animals, plants, and spirits around them. The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee collects 27 stories that are great for kids and are still being told by storytellers today.

Presented by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in their own words, the stories appear in free-verse form, like poems on the page, so that if you read them aloud, you can hear the rhythm of the stories as they were originally told. Barbara R. Duncan provides a helpful introduction that describes Cherokee people's past and present ways of life and their storytelling traditions. The book also includes a glossary of key words from the stories, suggestions for further reading, and notes on the storytellers. For young readers, for parents to read aloud to young listeners, and for teachers and libraries, The Origin of the Milky Way provides an excellent introduction to Cherokee culture. (For readers age 9 and up.)

Storytellers:
Davy Arch
Robert Bushyhead
Edna Chekelelee
Marie Junaluska
Kathi Littlejohn
Freeman Owle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807859308
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/01/2008
Edition description: 1
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Barbara R. Duncan is education director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina. She collected and edited the original Living Stories of the Cherokee and co-authored The Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook (both from the University of North Carolina Press). The North Carolina Folklife Society has honored Duncan's contribution to the study of North Carolina folklife with the 2008 Brown-Hudson Award.

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The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee provides a high-interest way of integrating elementary language arts and social studies curricula. Fables, folk tales, myths, poetry, geography, and history can all be taught through a text that is authentic, interesting, imaginative, and even funny. The rich history of the Cherokee people takes on meaning and depth when students can 'hear' the voices of the Native American people. This book gave my students a much clearer understanding of oral traditions and their place in Native American cultures.—Jen Meyer, fifth grade teacher, Durham (N.C.) Public Schools

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