They Dance In The Sky: Native American Star Myths by Jean Guard MonroeThey Dance In The Sky: Native American Star Myths by Jean Guard Monroe

They Dance In The Sky: Native American Star Myths

byJean Guard Monroe, Ray A WilliamsonIllustratorEdgar Stewart

Paperback | July 9, 2007

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For countless generations, Native American storytellers have watched the night sky and told tales of the stars and the constellations. The stars themselves tell many tales-of children who have danced away from home, of six brothers who rescue a maiden from the fearful Rolling Skull, of the great wounded sky bear, whose blood turns the autumn leaves red, and many more.

Jean Guard Monroe is a poet, teacher, therapist, and writer who grew up in the Southwest and has long been familiar with Native American art and folklore. Ray A. Williamson is a scientist and writer who is the author of many articles on Native American skylore and astronomy.
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Title:They Dance In The Sky: Native American Star MythsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.48 inPublished:July 9, 2007Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0618809120

ISBN - 13:9780618809127

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Grade 4-8 This volume of Native American star legends is well researched and told in language that lends itself well to reading aloud. The first two groups of stories deal with the Pleiades and the Big Dipper; thereafter, they are organized by geographic area. Each group has introductory notes about the tribes of the area and their general beliefs, providing a context for the legends which follow. Notes at the end of each section correlate Indian and Western names for constellations and stars whenever possible. In addition to tales from well-known tribes such as Navajo and Mohawk, there are selections from Tlingit, Wasco, Picuris, and other small groups. Coyote appears in many of the tales, causing trouble whenever he appears. Wolves, bears, eagles, and other animals also inhabit the storiesand the night sky. The book is decorated with black-and-white drawings of a variety of Indian symbols, of the constellations, and of animals and people, which lend life and movement to the pages. Similar to Star Tales (Walker, 1987) by Gretchen Will Mayo, this volume is more comprehensive and better documented, a book that will not only be useful for assignments, but provide many hours of reading and listening pleasure. Li Stark, North Castle Public Library, Armonk, N.Y.