Lessons from the Animal People

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An award-winning collection of nine stories drawn from different Native American tribes.

 



Winner of an ALA Notable Children's Recording and an Editor's Choice Award. The second tape with storyteller Dovie Thomason and our first with the a cappella group Ulalí, this is a collection of nine stories drawn from different Native American tribes including the Lakota, Catawba, Algonquin and Penobscot. Ulalí, a trio of Native American women, have performed at the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. as well as the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the gala opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Together these four Native women present the vibrant Native American culture as it thrives today. The stories on this tape are the ones children request repeatedly at Dovie's performances. Dovie writes of the collection: "My Grandma Dovie told me stories, not only to teach me about Indian culture and history but because I needed them. Through the mistakes, bad choices and often unruly antics of the animal people, we are shown human weaknesses and are gently and humorously reminded to look at our own." The stories include "The Making of the Animals" from the Algonquin/Iroquois peoples; "Turtle Learns to Fly" and "Mouse & the Moon" from the Lakota/Dakota peoples; "The Bear Child" from the Penobscot/Passamaquoddy and Iroquois peoples; "Two Chipmunks" from the Catawba people; and more.

Dovie Thomason writes about these stories: “My Grandma Dovie told me stories... because I needed them. They are the traditional way to guide young (and not so young) lives without punishment or embarrassing confrontation. Through the mistakes, bad choices and often unruly antics of the Animal People, we are shown human weaknesses and are gently reminded to look at our own.” These are traditional teaching stories of the Animal Nations, alternating with songs by Ulali (Tuscarora, Apache/Maya). 



CD Tracks:
1  Creation/The Making of Animals/Rabitt's Lament
2  Beaver Woman and the Eagle/SHHH...
3  Mouse and the Moon/Ink Pah Tdah
4  The War Party/Turtle Goes Mad
5  Turtle Learns to Fly/North Carolina Ease on Down the Road Song
6  Two Chipmunks
7  A Lonesome Song/The Bear Child/A Lonesome Song
8  Frog and Turtle/To Be a Human Being

 

 

Artist: Dovie Thomason (Lakota/Kiowa-Apache)

Format: Audio CD, run time 90 minutes

Label: Yellow Moon Press

Published: 1996

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Lakota, Kiowa-Apache, Various U.S. tribes