Eleven stories based on the oral traditions of the Wampanoag tribe of southern Massachusetts recount the origins of the world, the ancient history of the Wampanoag, and the ways in which the spirit Maushop aided the early humans.
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It was the Wampanoag (the ``People of the Dawn'') who shared their thanksgiving harvests with the Pilgrims in the 1620's. They remain a viable political, cultural, and spiritual community in southeastern Massachusetts; Manitonquat (``Medicine Story'') is an elder and storyteller of the Assonet Wampanoag. These 11 tales, each illustrated with a striking, beautifully composed full-page acrylic painting by a Mohawk painter and graphic artist, include creation myths, tribal legends, and pourquoi tales. Most feature the benevolent spirit helper Maushop, credited with creating all the races of man (from the multicolored clays of Gay Head on Martha's Vineyard) as well as the good and useful things of the earth. In relating how Maushop taught the Wampanoag to ``live in harmony always, in the natural joy and beauty of Creation,'' Manitonquat preserves both a storyteller's idiosyncratic voice and his instructional intent. An excellent resource (though a pronunciation guide would have helped), with a multitude of uses: to pair with a historical and cultural survey (e.g., Laurie Weinstein-Farson's The Wampanoag, 1989); for social studies and literature units, comparative mythology, and storytelling. (Folklore. 8+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-6-The Children of the Morning Light are the Wampanoag Indians of Massachusetts-the people who met the Pilgrims at Plymouth. Medicine Story, a respected elder, retells in his own voice 11 tales of his people, focusing on Kiehtan's creation of the world and on Maushop's efforts to assist the Wampanoag in the early days of the world. Some of the selections, such as "Sky Woman and the Twins," might be familiar to readers of the Iroquois story of Creation. But others are unique to the Wampanoag, and probably appear here in print for the first time. They tell how death came to the world, how the Wampanoag came to settle in the Cape Cod area, how the Creator is present in all living creatures, and how winter came to be. Reflecting their roots as a fishing people, the story "Maushop and the Porpoises," which explains why sharks avoid porpoises, is the most unusual tale in the book. Engagingly told with clarity and humor, the stories are particularly good for reading aloud. Each one has a full-color, full-page illustration by Arquette, a Mohawk artist. This warm collection deserves a place in most libraries.
Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA
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