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Grandmother's stories : how the earth and sky began

Author: Daniel Auger
Publisher: [Edmonton] : Eschia Books, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"Daniel Auger's grandmother was the greatest storyteller he ever knew. In her soft voice, she spoke of heroes and giants, of evil deeds and mysterious spirits. Born on a Canadian reserve and educated at an Indian residential school, she was intensely curious about the old ways. In her quest to find out who we are and where we came from, she collected stories from her home community and from her journeys to powwows,
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Auger
ISBN: 9781926696171 1926696174
OCLC Number: 758061868
Description: 224 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Part I. Tales of creation --
Out of nothing came the big raven --
The Arrival --
Earth held by four corners --
Raven separates creation --
The great flood --
Raven and the clam --
Cast down from the spirit world --
The lonely sun --
The sun and moon --
Aientsik --
The coming of humanity --
Silver Fox and Coyote Whittle humanity --
Inuit origin of the sun, moon and stars --
Creation and death --
The earth turned over --
Innocence lost --
Before the flood --
Raven finishes his work --
Part II. The origins of the natural world. Goddess of the sea --
The storyteller --
Curious brothers --
How the people got fire --
The birth of song --
The challenge --
How the loon got it's necklace --
Origins of the Narwhal tusk [whale] --
Why we die --
Guardian of the Dead --
The Guardian Quest --
The First Eagle --
How the birch became scarred --
Old man creates the lynx --
Why raven caws --
Coyote and the giant --
Coyote versus Thunder --
Giant skunk's offspring --
How the muskrat lost his fur --
The creation of everything.
Responsibility: Daniel Auger.

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"Daniel Auger's grandmother was the greatest storyteller he ever knew. In her soft voice, she spoke of heroes and giants, of evil deeds and mysterious spirits. Born on a Canadian reserve and educated at an Indian residential school, she was intensely curious about the old ways. In her quest to find out who we are and where we came from, she collected stories from her home community and from her journeys to powwows, sweats, potlatches and family events across Canada and the Northwest US. This collection of 38 Native myths is a timeless window onto a world when the People were first created.

Mi'kmaq--The Sun created the Earth and the people on it, but when they began to kill one another, the Sun wept until the entire world drowned. Only one woman and an old man survived, who repopulated the Earth.

Blackfoot--Water once covered the world, and the Creator sent Muskrat to the bottom of the Ocean to see what was there. Muskrat returned with a ball of mud, which the Creator transformed in the Earth and all living things on it.

Huron-- In a world that existed before our own, people lived in great longhouses in the sky around a beautiful celestial tree. One day a man uprooted the tree, and when his wife looked into the hole she fell down below to the world we know today.

Algonquin--In the very beginning of time there were two brothers, Gluskap and Malsum. Gluskap created humans, and the plants and animals they needed to survive. Jealous of his brother, Malsum tried to kill Gluskap, but Gluskap used his own magic to be reborn. He then struck down his evil brother into the earth, and Malsum was reborn as a wolf.

Haida--The trickster Raven opened a giant clamshell he found washed upon the beach, and when he opened it, out popped tiny human beings.

Siksika--Old Man came from the south and made the world as he walked along. One day he made a man and a woman out of clay, and Old Man taught them how to survive in the world he created."--Pub. desc.

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