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Nd other tribes The beautifully retold Girl Who Helped ePUB #180 tales all with informative introductions range from creation myths to animal fables to stirring accounts of bravery and sacrifice Find out how stories first came to be and how Girl Who Helped Thunder and ePUB #241 the People came to the upper world Meet Rabbit the clever and irresistible Creek tricks. A transitional book between a picture book and a middle grade chapter book Offers a few facts about the people of a region as a preface to their stories Lots of beautiful hand painted illustrations on wood panels in the style of Native American art The stories themselves capture the humor of a tale told out loud with some slapstick elements and some wry elements I laughed uite a bit The tale of the invention of storytelling begins with before there were stories people sat around at night wishing someone would say something interesting

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The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American FolktalesWelcome the second book in the Who Helped PDF #204 Folktales of the World series Engaging inspirational and above all entertaining these legends come from Native American peoples across the US Richly The Girl ePUB #241 illustrated with original art they capture a wide range of belief systems and wisdom from the Cherokee Cheyenne Hopi Lenape Maidu Seminole Seneca a. The second in Sterling's new Folktales of the World series following upon Peninnah Schram's The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales this collection of Native American legends presents twenty four tales from the different regions of the United States Retold by Joseph Bruchac a prolific children's author of Abenaki descent together with his son James The Girl Who Helped Thunder is an engaging book sure to please young folklore enthusiasts The first section devoted to the northeast includes three tales taken from the Seneca Lenape and Wampanoag traditions How Stories Came To Be Seneca offers an explanation of the first storyteller and how he learned his craft emphasizing both the importance of storytelling as a communal activity and the need to listen carefully The Girl Who Helped Thunder Lenape tells the story of Pretty Face who ignores her parents' advice in choosing her mate finding herself married to the terrible snake monster Amankamek as a result Maushop the Good Giant Wampanoag tells of a time when the People lived with a benevolent giant who did much of their work for them until he realized that his kindness was making them lazy As Bruchac notes in his introductory comment this tale emphasizes the importance that the Wampanoag attach to the virtue of self relianceThe second section is devoted to the southeast and includes stories from the Cherokee Seminole Creek and Choctaw traditions The Ball Game Between the Birds and Animals Cherokee relates the story of an epic contest between the creatures of the land and of the sky Like many folktales it has a dual function explaining how bat and flying suirrel came to have wings and also teaching the important lesson that even the small have an important contribution to make Turtle's Race With Wolf Seminole is the tale of Box Turtle and his cousins who outwit boastful Wolf Although similar in content to The Tortoise and the Hare type tales this story emphasizes cunning rather than steady persistence as the means of achieving victory How Rabbit Got Wisdom Creek tells the story of clever Rabbit who when he goes to the Master of Life to ask for wisdom is taught that he already has it Bruchac notes that this wide spread tale has many variants both in Native North America and Africa and speculates that it may have been influenced by the folklore of slaves brought from Africa For my part I was reminded of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in which many characters the Scarecrow the Tin Man etc discover that they already possess the thing they seekFinally The Coming of Corn Choctaw explains how the people were first taught to cultivate corn by Crow and serves as a reminder that they must share the fruit of the field with the birdsThe third section devoted to the great plains includes tales from Cheyenne Lakota Blackfeet and Pawnee lore The Sister and Her Seven Brothers Cheyenne tells the story of Red Leaf and her seven adoptive brothers who must rescue her from Great Buffalo Bull This tale also retold by Paul Goble in his Her Seven Brothers makes an appearance in the TV miniseries The Dreamkeeper and explains the existence of the Big Dipper How the Buffalo Came to Be Lakota explains the emergence of the people into the upper world and the sacrifice of the medicine man Tatanka who turned himself into the first buffalo in order to provide them with food Old Man and the Rolling Rock Blackfeet tells the story of a deceitful man who retracts gifts he has given and goes back on his word paying the price in the end As Bruchac notes this is a cautionary tale meant to provide an example of how not to behave The Bear Man Pawnee relates the tale of a hunter who spares a young bear cub and is rewarded when his own son is saved by the bears and given many blessings This story emphasizes the close relationship between the human and animal worldsThe fourth section is devoted to the southwest and includes tales from the Hopi Navajo and Isleta Pueblo nations How the People Came to the Upper World Hopi is the story of how the people emerged into a new world of light and hope with the help of many of the birds and animals The Hero Twins Navajo tells the tale of Monster Slayer and Child Born of Water two brothers who appeal to their father the Sun for aid in their uest to rid the world of monsters I had not encountered them before but Bruchac's commentary indicates that the twin heroes are important figures in many of the folk traditions of Native North America Why Moon Has One Eye Isleta Pueblo explains the existence of night and day and the waning and waxing of the moon emphasizing the need for balance in all thingsThe fifth section is devoted to California one of the most densely populated regions of Native North America before contact with Europeans and includes stories from the Maidu Miwok Pomo and Wiyot traditions Moon and Frog Old Woman Maidu relates the tale of Frog Old Woman who rescues her abducted grandchild from the Moon This tale offers an explanation of why the moon is in the sky and why he waxes and wanes Atypically the moon is characterized as masculine here something I had only seen before in Lithuanian folklore The Story of Tu tak a nu la Miwok is the tale of how little Measuring Worm manages to rescue a trapped mother bear and her cubs giving his name to the famous stone in Yosemite El Capitan How Earth Elder Made the Oak Tree Pomo relates the story of the creation of the all important acorn which provided the central food source for the indigenous peoples of CaliforniaFinally Why Owl Lives Away from the People Wiyot provides an explanation for owl's solitary existence and offers an important moral on the evils of selfishnessThe sixth section is devoted to the northwest and includes tales from the Salish Yakama and Wasco peoples In How the Drum Came to the People Salish the Sun dispatches clever Coyote to find a way for humans to call forth the sound in their hearts resulting in the creation of the first drum This tales emphasizes the importance of music and dance both as a means for individual emotional expression and for communal happiness The Two Sisters Who Married Stars Yakama relates the tale of two sisters who wish to marry stars and are transported to the sky land But a longing for home soon consumes them and they eventually find their way back to earth one of them bringing her son along with her This story explains the origin of the Yakama people who believe that they are descended from the son of Bright StarIn The Boy Who Went With the Seals Wasco a young boy disappears while his father is absorbed in his work only to reappear years later with the seals Temporarily taken back into his human family the boy still longs for the seals This tale of a child raised by seals reminded me of recent discussions I have had about the theme of feral children and also recalled the Scots tradition of selkies or seal peopleThe seventh and final section is devoted to the far north and contains stories from the Aluuti Inuit and Koyukon Alhabascan traditions The Beluga Skin Bedaarka follows the story of a solitary young hunter who sets out to find a wife and must compete in many contests of strength and skill when he finally does encounter the maiden he wants The generosity of the hunter in his many victories is clearly meant to impart a moral lesson to the listenerreaderIn The Blind Boy and the Loon Inuit a skilled young hunter is blinded by his spiteful stepmother who is too lazy to cure the meat and tan the hides of the animals he brings homeAnd finally How Raven Brought Back the Sun Koyukon Alhabascan in which the trickster raven must steal back the sun and moon from the village which is holding them hostageI enjoyed The Girl Who Helped Thunder which I read Thanksgiving Day immensely Some of the tales were already familiar to me and others were completely unknown but all were engaging stories offering a fascinating glimpse of the diverse folk traditions of Native North America Stefano Vitale's colorful folk motif illustrations added to the sense of enchantment I do sometimes wonder why it is that series of folklore collections will devote entire books to one culture group if it is European but expect to encompass all of North America's diverse native cultures in one volume It's a trend I have noticed before and Sterling seems to be reproducing it with their first three volumes devoted to Jewish Native American and Irish folklore But whatever ualms I may have about this publishing trend I still enjoyed the collection