Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac demonstrates the importance of animals in Native American traditions through these 24 stories and related illustrations.
Twenty-four stories, organized by theme, excerpted from Bruchac and Michael Caduto's Keepers of the Animals. The stories come from tribes across North America, each illustrated with a full-page line drawing and appropriate border designs. Providing an insider's knowledge and insight, Bruchac gives information about the people today and cites sources for additional versions of the stories.
Introductions by Bruchac and Vine Deloria, Jr., set the tone and are important for understanding the messages of the tales.
At the end is a glossary of words and names and the descriptions of tribal nations.
About the authors
Michael J. Caduto is an internationally known storyteller, ecologist, educator, and musician. He has received the New England Award for Excellence in Environmental Education, holds an M.S. in Natural Resources/Environmental Education from the University of Michigan, and is a Senior Education Fellow with the Atlantic Center for the Environment. Caduto lives in Vermont and travels extensively, presenting environmental and cultural programs for adults and children.
"There are many similar collections and retellings available, some by well-meaning people who do not truly understand the tales? importance. Storytellers can feel secure in knowing that these selections will not cause offense to listeners with Bruchac's work, which presents the stories with respect for readers of all ages. Public, school, and tribal libraries should purchase this one."
— School Library Journal