Tales from the Whispering Basket

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Createspace Independent Pub, Jun 1, 2011 - Literary Collections - 166 pages
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Tales from the Whispering Basket is an excellent selection of short stories and poetry by Nipmuc Tribal member of Massachusetts, Larry Spotted Crow Mann. He draws on his Native American roots, but also delivers magnificent tales that transcend all walks of life. This captivating collection will take the reader on an epic journey of adventure and wonder that will surely stimulate a mosaic of passions! His story "Deal Me In" is based on a story of love and unity that was formerly passed down orally in his family for many generations and gives you a taste of his tribe's past and present. Demonstrating the author's flexibility to reach beyond roots and into the soul of Everyone, "Soul Inspiration" reflects contemporary problems such as overcoming loneliness and finding romance but, with some unexpected bumps in the road. Mann bases his historical novella "Mattawamp" on the actual Nipmuc Chief and hero to Massachusetts Natives whose life culminated in the events of King Phillip's War. When Nipmucs were being sold into slavery by the Commonwealth's governor, being systematically murdered, having their land stolen, and forced into Christian Praying Towns, Mattawamp fought back. Mann's account, beginning during the time that Mattawamp is fourteen years of age, represents a long overdue resurrection of this warrior, dreamer, and leader. "Deadly Deeds" entertains but also triggers a roller coaster of excitement with its unexpected outcome. The tale of "The Basket" hits close to home to millions of Native Americans and is based on actual events and painful issues Native Americans continue to wrestle with; the story also reflects the power of the ancestors to help us heal. Mann's compilation of Poetry in this volume reflects both this world and the places of dreams and nightmares. The writer lets you into those dark yet beautiful, horrible yet enjoyable, places of the mind and matter. www.whisperingbasket.com

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Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a citizen of the Nipmuck tribe of Massachusetts and serves as the Drum Keeper, which is a sacred trust. Their group is known as the Quabbin Lake Singers. He travels throughout the United States and Canada to schools, colleges, pow wows and other organizations sharing the music, culture and history of Nipmuc people. He has also given lectures at universities throughout New England on issues ranging from Native American Sovereignty to identity. He was applauded for his acting role in the PBS Native American film, We Shall Remain, directed by Chris Eyre. Also featured in two documentaries; Living in Two Worlds: Native American Experiences on the Boston Harbor Islands and First Patriots, produced by Aaron Cadieux. Furthermore he worked in the field of human services for over 10 years, mostly in the field of mental health and helping at risk youth. Publishing's include the Memescapes Journal of Fine Arts at Quinsigamond C.C. Contributing work in the book by Margaret Barton, New England on Fire. His poetry and quotes have been included in the Go Green Conference for the Medical Services Administration of Puerto Rico and the My Heart Is Red Project: A journey across the United States and Canada of photography and video of Native Americans, by Mayoke Photography of France. www.whisperingbasket.com

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