The Native Stories from Keepers of the Earth is a collection of stories drawn from the oral tradition of Indian groups in the United States and Canada. Tribes include
- Zuni, and
A common thread through these stories is a view of the world as family—earth as our mother, sun as our father, and the animals as our brothers and sisters.
The stories foster an ethic of stewardship by clearly showing that we are entrusted with the responsibility to maintain the natural balance, to take care of our mother, to be keepers of the earth.
Each story is beautifully illustrated by Mokawk artist John Kahionhes Fadden.
Included is a glossary of words from native languages and a description of the tribal nations.
These twenty-four stories from the bestselling
Keepers of the Earth will appeal to readers of all ages.
About the authors
Joseph Bruchac is the author of Skeleton Man, The Return of Skeleton Man, Bearwalker, The Dark Pond, and Whisper in the Dark, as well as numerous other critically acclaimed novels, poems, and stories, many drawing on his Abenaki heritage. Mr. Bruchac and his wife, Carol, live in upstate New York, in the same house where he was raised by his grandparents. You can visit him online at www.josephbruchac.com.
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.