FLYING WITH THE EAGLE, RACING THE GREAT BEAR by Joseph Bruchac

FLYING WITH THE EAGLE, RACING THE GREAT BEAR

Age Range: 11 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sixteen stories with similar themes, gathered from various Native American traditions. Boys--sometimes with names like "Bad Young Man" or "Boy Who Grew Up Wild"--pass into manhood after they undertake vision quests, heroically slay monsters, or are transformed into animals. Several have magic helpers or receive good advice from elders; strength is displayed by sparing life as well as taking it. In the Navajo "How the Hero Twins Found Their Father," Monster Slayer deliberately allows Hunger, Cold, Poverty and Old Age to go free; the Muskogee Blue Fox makes peace with Cherokee attackers rather than slaughtering them. Though the flavor of Bruchac's spare, formal language is more literary than oral, he has drawn few (if any) of these stories from printed sources; thus, he offers readers new insight into a range of Native American cultures--and into history, too, since he includes a description of Crazy Horse's vision quest, and a subarctic hunter's reminiscence of his first whale hunt. The tales in each regional section are prefigured by Jacob's handsome, white-on-black medallions. Brief reading list; foreword and afterword on the value of oral and cultural transmission. (Folklore. 11-13)
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 1555916937
Page count: 130pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1993




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