Folk Stories of the Hmong: Peoples of Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam

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Libraries Unlimited, 1991 - Social Science - 135 pages
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Hmong culture has had an oral tradition for millennia, but the language itself did not even exist in written form until the 1950s. Compiled by famed author and storyteller Norma Livo and coauthor, Dia Cha, this is the first collection of authentic Hmong tales to be published commercially in the English language. Beginning with a description of Hmong history, culture, and folklore, the book includes 16 pages of full-color photographs of Hmong dress and needlework and 27 captivating tales divided into three sections: beginnings; how/why stories; and stories of love, magic, and fun. Appropriate for high school and adult readers, with selected stories appropriate for younger children, this collection is an important addition to multicultural units.

 

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I know many of these stories told to me from my grandpa while we were in Thailand. This book tells the same tales, but did it in a poor way. Really bad storytelling to say the least. These stories were very colorful, full of emotions, and soul in their original form.

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Contents

History of the Hmong
1
Traditional Beliefs and Customs
3
Animal Symbols
4
Houses
5
The Shaman Tuuaneng
7
New Years Festival
8
Jewelry
9
Clothing
10
Why Farmers Have to Work So Hard
47
Why Birds Are Never Hungry
54
Why Hmong Are Forbidden to Drink Mothers Milk
56
Why the Hmong Live on Mountains
57
oa and His Fire
58
he Story of the Owl
61
Bird Couples Vow
64
Ihe Monkeys and the Grasshoppers
67

Pa Ndau Flower Cloth
11
Story cloths
12
Cultural Conflicts
13
Preserving a Cultural Heritage
14
es
15
Ihe Beginning of the World
33
legend of the Rice Seed
34
How Seeds Came Again into the World and Why Dogs Eat Feces Droppings
36
Ihe Origin of the Shaman
38
Another Age of Happiness
40
Creation Flood Naming Story
41
Why Monkey and Man Do Not Live Tbgether
44
Why Animals Cannot Thlk
45
Why People Eat Three Meals a Day and Why Doodle Bu Roll Balls of Dung
46
How a Wise Woman Tricked the Tiger
69
Choj Kim the Lazy Man
73
rumpkin Seed and the Snake
79
he Handsome Husband
83
JVao and Shee Na
93
Ihe Tiger Steals Nkauj Ncoorn
101
ihe Orphan and the Monkeys
106
Ihe Orphan Boy and His Wife
108
Ihe Tigers Steal Nou Plais Wife Ntxawm
112
JTwa and Uo and Their Two Fish Wives
120
Jtiibliography
131
About the Authors
135
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NORMA J. LIVO, Professor Emerita, School of Education, University of Colorado at Denver, has written numerous books and articles on storytelling and has a national following as a storyteller. She has served on the board of directors for the National Storytelling Association and received the NSA leadership award for the Western region. She lives in Lakewood, Colorado.

DIA CHA is an instructor at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where she teaches courses in cultural anthropology and Hmong culture and history.

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