Understanding Native America Myths

Understanding Native America Myths

by Megan Kopp
Understanding Native America Myths

Understanding Native America Myths

by Megan Kopp


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Explore the rich worldview of Native North American tribes through their 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. Topics include:
• the Great Mystery
• animal guides
• the four directions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778745310
Publisher: Crabtree Classics
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Series: Myths Understood Series
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

What are Myths? 4

What are myths and how and why did the early Native Americans tell them? How did myths affect their traditions and cultures?

Ancient North America 6

The first peoples to arrive in North America. How they spread through the continent and set up several different nations, each with its own mythology.

Religion and Gods 10

The importance of spirits, visions, and quests in addition to gods. Myths about the creation of the world, living a long life, death, and mortality.

The Natural World 16

Myths about animals and plants, the climate, natural disasters, and wonders. How each nation and tribe had similar myths.

Daily Life 24

Myths about birthrights, family life, respect for elders, marriage, and the home. The social structure of nations, tribes, and clans.

Trade and Warfare 36

Myths about courage, duty, and loyalty to one's tribe. The interaction between Native Americans and European settlers.

Native American Legacy 40

How Native American culture, myths, and beliefs remain alive today in arts and crafts, movies, literature, design, and clothes.

Time Chart 45

Glossary 46

Learning More 47

Index 48

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