Winner of the 1990 Choice Magazine Audio Award, 1990 Parents' Choice Honor Award, and Parents' Choice Classic Honor Award. Traditional Abenaki stories of the Trickster, Gluskabe. The Abenaki, the People of the Dawn, are the original inhabitants of most of northern New England and have lived there for thousands of years. These stories pass along important cultural values to both children and adults. Included are "Gluskabe & the Creator"; "Gluskabe's Game Bag"; "Gluskabe & Dzidziz," which explains the origin of the lullaby, "Rock-a-bye Baby"; "Gluskabe & Tobacco"; "The Wind Eagle"; and five more stories. Cover art by Ray Kahionhes Fadden.
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Respected writer and poet Joseph Bruchac is also a well-known Native American storyteller. Careful, thoughtful attention to the storytelling experience is characteristic of his style. GLUSKABE STORIES presents traditional Abenaki tales that were intended to teach about life, values and man's relationship in the web of life. Bruchac begins each story about Gluskabe–the storyteller who created himself from dust brushed from the Creator's hands–with a few sentences in the Native tongue. Speaking in a gentle but commanding voice, he continues in English. The lyrical, rhythmical quality of his voice rolls with the fluidity and motion of the Native language. Songs, chants and drumming enhance the experience of the story. R.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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