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Echoes of the Elders: The Stories and Paintings of Chief Lelooska with CD

by Lelooska

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A wonderful collection of Native American Legends. The accompanying artwork is an excellent representation of traditional images of the Pacific Northwest. A really great book for a classroom to use, especially here in the NW since it pertains to the history ad culture of where we live. The CD is a nice addition, and helps to showcase the oral tradition of Native American story telling.
  JessicaLeupold | Jan 22, 2015 |
This is a collection of Northwest Native American tales. There are five stories in the collection that highlight the traditional way of live for NW natives. The stories were oral tales that were passed on for generations. This collection is the first time someone has formally written them. They show the importance of the natural world as well as cooperation.
  BrandiMichelle | Jun 9, 2014 |
Summary: This book is comprised of five tales from Chief Lelooska of the Northwest Coast Tribe he was in. He says that these were stories he would tell his people around a campfire as part of a old tradition. The one that I like d the most was about a raven with powers to heal. There was also and Owl that was a Witch and had the human-like powers. A lot of the animals told in the story are animals that these Native Americans cherish.
Genre: Mythology/ Traditional Literature
Review: I always enjoy myths about animals given supernatural powers, so I really enjoyed this book. I love how the Chief himself not only wrote, but also illustrated these myths. He is definitely a fantastic storyteller. This would be a great book to bring into the classroom when teaching students about Native Americans and their culture.
  mroque | Jun 8, 2014 |
Chief Lelooska recounts 5 Kwakiuti tales including characters such as the Owl Witch, Beaverface, Raven, Loon, Poogweese. A CD of the stories recorded with music before and after each story is included. Some stories not for young children. Woodcarving illustrations are from the artwork of this chief and are beautifully detailed. ( )
  Scottid | May 23, 2013 |
In these tales, I admired how the characters were so realistic. Whether animals or people, these characters had their own unique personalities and we sympathized with characters as readers. Being an appreciator of any sort of art, I really loved the paintings in this book because it gave us an essence of Native American culture, although sometimes not really specific to any particular one.
  trancon | Dec 3, 2012 |
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A famous Northwest Indian storyteller and his artistic contributions are immortalized in this beautiful collection of tribal folk stories. As a result, the package is as much a tribute to the late Chief Lelooska, who was adopted into the Northwest Kwakiutl Nation tribe, as it is a book for young children. (There's even a CD featuring Chief Lelooska's voice reading the stories.) Entering the book can be a bit slow-going, since it's overloaded with dedications and introductions. Skip them, and aim straight for "The Old Owl Witch," a fingernail-chewing tale that speaks to the tragic fate of a clan of insistently naughty children. Or open up to "The Boy and the Loon," a tale that rewards a sickly boy for his compassion when he meets an ailing loon. In fact, any story can be a starting point, since they are all rich with fablelike morals and tribal symbolism. Although the red, black, and ochre illustrations are stunning, the book's design seems overburdened with the addition of tiny tribal images randomly printed into the text. But children won't care. And besides, the extraneous touches are no doubt a result of the enthusiasm that the publisher felt for the words and images of Chief Lelooska, a beloved elder who devoted most of his life to reviving and preserving the culture of the Northwest Coast Indians. Those who enjoy this book will want to investigate Spirit of the Cedar People, an equally memorable collection of Lelooska's stories and artwork. (Ages 7 and older) --Gail Hudson

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Five mythic Kwakiutl tales portray a world in which everything in nature has life and power, when the sun, moon, and stars are still finding their place in the sky.

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