Native American stories

Joseph Bruchac, 1942-

Book - 1991

A collection of Native American tales and myths focusing on the relationship between man and nature.

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Children's Room j299.7/Bruchac Due Jun 24, 2024
Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub c1991.
Main Author
Joseph Bruchac, 1942- (-)
Other Authors
Ka-Hon-Hes (illustrator)
Item Description
"From Keepers of the earth [by] Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac."
Physical Description
145 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm
  • The coming of Gluscabi (Abenaki - Northeast Woodlands)
  • The earth on turtle's back (Onondaga - Northeast Woodlands)
  • Four worlds: the Dine story of creation (Dine [Navajo] - Southwest)
  • Loo-wit, the fire-keeper (Nisqually - Pacific Northwest)
  • How Grandmother Spider stole the sun (Muskogee [Creek] - Oklahoma)
  • Tunka-shila, grandfather rock (Lakota [Sioux] - Great Plains)
  • Old man coyote and the rock (Pawnee - Great Plains)
  • Gluscabi and the wind eagle (Abenaki - Northeast Woodlands)
  • The hero twins and the swallower of clouds (Zuni - Southwest)
  • Koluscap and the water monster (Micmac and Maliseet - Maritime Provinces)
  • How thunder and earthquake made ocean (Yurok - California)
  • Sedna, the woman under the sea (Inuit - Arctic Regions)
  • How raven made the tides (Tsimshian - Pacific Northwest)
  • How coyote was the moon (Kalispel - Idaho)
  • How fisher went to the skyland: the orgin of the big dipper (Anishinabe - Great Lakes Region)
  • Spring defeats winter (Seneca - Northeast Woodlands)
  • The coming of corn (Cherokee - North Carolina)
  • Manabozho and the maple trees ( Anishinabe - Great Lakes Region)
  • Kokopilau, the hump-backed flute player (Hopi - Southwest)
  • How turtle flew south for the winter (Dakota [Sioux] - Midwest)
  • Gluscabi and the game animals (Abenaki - Northeast Woodlands)
  • Awi Usdi, the little deer (Cherokee - North Carolina)
  • The origin of death (Siksika [Blackfeet] - Montana and Alberta
  • The white buffalo calf woman and the sacred pipe (Lakota [Sioux] - Great Plains).
Review by Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Bruchac, a native American poet, novelist, and storyteller, offers a collection of tales gathered from many areas of North America. Organized under subject headings such as "Creation," "Wind and Weather," "Water," "Plants and Animals," and "Unity of Earth," the book offers storytellers a good supply of tales written with simplicity and directness, well honed for telling or for reading aloud. A map pinpointing the locales of various tribal groups precedes the stories. Attractively designed, the book includes artwork by Fadden, a Mohawk artist, who illustrates each tale with a full-page ink drawing as well as vignettes showing thematic motifs. While the stories appeared first in Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children (Fulcrum, 1988), this edition will be a good addition to folklore collections in many libraries. ~--Carolyn Phelan

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.