Native American Myths and Beliefs
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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The Search for Home
The Origin of the Sun Moon and Stars
How Old Age and Death Began
The Earth is My Mother
Spirits of Nature
The Society ofAnimals
The Next Life
A web of CeremoNy
Soul Flights Dreams and Vision Quests
Revivals and Cults
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