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Our Stories Remember: American Indian History, Culture, and Values through Storytelling Paperback – March 7, 2003

ISBN-13: 075-7739012933 ISBN-10: 1555911293 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (March 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555911293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555911294
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

In this fascinating book, Bruchac relays the importance of story within Native societies to entertain, teach lessons, and maintain the history of individual nations. Part cultural lesson, part history, and part autobiography, the book contains a wealth of information. Each chapter begins with an epigraph from a Native source; some chapters end with an annotated list of recommended reading. Each chapter also contains stories. Some of the tales are set off from the main text, but many more are woven into it-stories within stories within stories. Bruchac has included source notes for each selection as well as the epigraphs. This important volume includes a wealth of traditional stories and solid information.
S K Joiner, Brazoria County Library System, Angleton, TX
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Bruchac, prolific Native American author and children's storyteller, synthesizes the stories of many different Indian nations, including Navajo, Abenaki, Cherokee, Cree, Sioux, and Tlingit in order to illustrate core values, which are pivotal to them all. In the old days, he writes, telling stories that "remember when people forget" was as important as shelter building, hunting, and ceremonies because "they showed the right way to behave." Chapters devoted to the earth's origins, the "circularity of existence" (all created things are of equal importance), art, the spirit world, and life-sustaining plants and animals all come together to elucidate the Native American belief that "we are one with everything around us." Bruchac feels it is time for whites to stop feeling guilty about the plight of the American Indian, and to begin to take positive action--to "refill our cups with life." "Pour out your cup," he urges, "fill it with stories." This thought-provoking work, enriched with valuable annotated reading lists, should inspire and help each reader to take that first step. Deborah Donovan
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mosey on March 28, 2011
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After previewing this book, I decided it was just what I wanted for my Native American Literature students. There are discussions of culture, history, mores and the stories themselves. It was everything it purports to be. What my students especially appreciated is Mr. Bruchac's perceptions of the education system as regards Native Americans, not only historically, but presently. Thank you, Amazon, for carrying good books such as this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By U. R. Israel on October 12, 2010
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In this thoughtful, well organized book the author has clearly created a path for the authentic storyteller. Native Americans have faced cultural appropriation of their legends since Colonization. Mr. Bruchac guides the storyteller, teacher, historian or generally interested individual towards respect and traditional honor and understanding of American Indian history, culture and values through storytelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on April 28, 2012
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I have worked as a storyteller in schools. Kids of all backgrounds love native stories! All of Joseph Bruchac's books are high quality, museum pieces, just really good, the apotheosis [ideal] of what a storybook could be like. Journey to the Ancestral Self: The Native Lifeway Guide to Living in Harmony with the Earth Mother (Bk.1) gives a very good description of the native lifeways around stories, and Whispers of the Ancients: Native Tales for Teaching and Healing in Our Time gives another view of native storytelling. The Original Instructions: Reflections of an Elder on the Teachings of the Elders, Adapting Ancient Wisdom to the Twenty-First Century is another book that gives you native context, by an author who also has native storybooks in print, including The Children of the Morning Light: Wampanoag Tales as Told By Manitonquat. Entering into native lifeways is not necessarily judgeable by white man culture, as House of Shattering Light: Life as an American Indian Mystic shows. One thing one notices in native cultures is that they ask new questions, something like one sees in Quantum Power Questions.Read more ›
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More About the Author

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed Abenaki children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored more than 50 books for adults and children. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.

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