Native American Myths and Beliefs

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The Rosen Publishing Group, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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Readers explore the rich worldview of the Native Americans through myths and legends. Tales originating from various tribes functioned in a number of important ways: they explained the story of creation, described the relationship of humans to the rest of the universe, and preserved the sacred history of the tribe. In addition, myths and storytelling helped Native Americans pass on knowledge related to hunting, fishing, farming, healing the sick, and dealing with conflict or disaster. This book also places their mythology in historical context, for example, connecting earth myths with the Native Americans' real-life, tragic struggle to preserve their lands. Filled with colorful photographs and works of art, Native Americans' beliefs are beautifully illustrated, including their reverence for animals and the earth.
  

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Contents

Contents
7
eArThDivers AND CreATors
21
The Search for Home
28
The Origin of the Sun Moon and Stars
34
How Old Age and Death Began
42
The Earth is My Mother
48
Watery Realms
54
Spirits of Nature
60
The Society ofAnimals
66
The Next Life
72
A web of CeremoNy
109
Soul Flights Dreams and Vision Quests
116
Hunting Ceremonies
122
Revivals and Cults
130
Glossary
138
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About the author (2012)

Piers Vitebsky is an anthropologist & Head of Social Sciences at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England. He is author of "Dialogues with the Dead".

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