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The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee : Caravan Book - Barbara R. Duncan

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

Caravan Book

By: Barbara R. Duncan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2008
ISBN: 9780807859308
Number Of Pages: 144
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old

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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 26 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.)


Davy Arch

Robert Bushyhead

Edna Chekelelee

Marie Junaluska

Kathi Littlejohn

Freeman Owle

Industry Reviews

The living stories--because they're still being told, they remain alive--teach in a traditional way what's important in Cherokee culture. . . . Highly recommended.--Multicultural Review

This is a book for children who are 10 years and older, but any adult who wants to know more about the Cherokees would enjoy its stories and the informational introductions to the sections.--Fayetteville Observer

All of the stories--which range from very funny to very sad to very scary--teach connection to land, culture, and community. . . . Highly recommended.--Oyate

As a Cherokee scholar, citizen, and mother, I appreciate the contribution Duncan makes to Cherokee children's literature. . . . Teachers, scholars, and parents should welcome this work and its contribution to Cherokee scholarship.--Journal of Appalachian Studies

Aimed at middle school and junior high school students, this collection of Cherokee stories is of interest to all levels.--KLIATT

Featured in Carolina Country's Tar Heel Lessons, a guide for North Carolina teachers and students

The Origin of the Milky Way can be enjoyed as a delightful collection of tales to instruct children, but it is really much more than that. It contains a living history of a proud nation of very gifted people.--The Midwest Book Review

The stories are well chosen, and they are beautifully presented. . . . A model for bringing high quality folklore research to young readers.--Journal of Folklore Research

ISBN: 9780807859308
ISBN-10: 0807859303
Series: Caravan Book
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st November 2008
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Type: New edition

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