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Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection (Fulcrum Press)

by Matt Dembicki (Editor, Illustrator)

Other authors: John Active (Contributor), Rand Arrington (Illustrator), Michael J. Auger (Illustrator), Megan Baehr (Illustrator), Joyce Bear (Contributor)38 more, Andy Bennett (Illustrator), Roy Boney Jr. (Contributor), James Bruchac (Contributor), Joseph Bruchac (Contributor), J. Chris Campbell (Illustrator), Jerry Carr (Illustrator), Andrew Cohen (Illustrator), Jason Copland (Illustrator), Thomas C. Cummings Jr. (Contributor), Eldrena Ddouma (Contributor), Sunny Dooley (Contributor), Dayton Edmonds (Contributor), Mary Eyley (Contributor), Micah Farritor (Illustrator), Beckee Garris (Contributor), Jack Gladstone (Contributor), Jimm Goodtracks (Contributor), Elaine Grinnell (Contributor), Jim8ball (Illustrator), Dan Jones (Contributor), Evan Keeling (Illustrator), Pat Lewis (Illustrator), Dimi Macheras (Illustrator), John Bear Mitchell (Contributor), Jonathan Perry (Contributor), Chris Piers (Illustrator), Greg Rodgers (Contributor), Mike Short (Illustrator), Michelle Silva (Illustrator), David Smith (Contributor), Jon Sperry (Illustrator), Joseph Stands With Many (Contributor), Michael Thompson (Contributor), Eirik Thorsgard (Contributor), Tim Tingle (Contributor), Jacob Warrenfeltz (Illustrator), Scott White (Illustrator), Paul Zdepski (Illustrator)

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This graphic novel is fantastic. The book has many different stories within it that all pull in the readers and use the illustrations to hold the readers attention and keep them wanting more. The main idea of this text is to retell Native American Tales in a way that students will understand and enjoy. ( )
  mlundi1 | Oct 17, 2018 |
A charming sequential-art storybook collection of Native American Trickster tales told by a variety of Native storytellers and artists. The art ranges from cartoon-like and simplistic, to highly detailed and realistically rendered. The stories all have a strong sense of authenticity, and offer their own morals and lessons, as one would expect from a series of fables and myths. I would recommend this to anyone interested in myths and traditionally storytelling in an accessibly modern comic-book style. ( )
  michaeladams1979 | Oct 11, 2018 |
A wonderful collection of diverse Native American legends and folktales that are all associated with trickster figures, from Coyote to Raven to any other trickster form. This book teaches students valuable lessons about appropriate conduct, respect, compassion, and regard for others, along with Native American values, traditions, and beliefs. It also carries messages about appearances being deceptive, about being clever when faced with challenges, difficulties, or obstacles, and about resourcefulness. Underlying each of the different tales is a profound respect for nature and wildlife, and an honoring of the natural balance, but also a focus on shifting shapes or outsmarting others through wit, trickery, or deception. The graphic styles change from story to story.
My favorite story in the collection is the very first myth entitled "Coyote and the Pebbles," which explains how the constellations and stars came to exist in their current patterns of the night sky. All of the animals wanted more light in the night sky, so they could find their way around better. The Great Mystery answers the call for more light in the darkness by bidding all of the night creatures to collect pebbles and paint pictures of themselves in the sky. When Coyote collects his pebbles, he accidentally trips and scatters his pebbles all over the night sky, creating the stars and constellations. The other creatures are angry and upset with Coyote because he ruins their portraits, and they grumble and complain against him, but The Great Mystery lets things stand as they are, for the "Order of Creation is Already in Place." In the night sky, you can still see the pebbles that Coyote scattered.
  Kathrin.McCoy | Nov 19, 2017 |
Matt Dembicki culled together native writers and paired them with comic book artists, to help visualize Native-American folk tales about 'tricksters.' Some of these are executed very well, but like with all anthologies, there is a certain unevenness.

I appreciate both good graphic novels and folklore. What I wish this book had was an intro paragraph before each novel, saying something about the story, its origin and which tribe(s) it is associated with. Some of these would be obvious (there is a Hawaii tale, for example), but some are told generally enough that a guess at origins would be impossible.

Anyone who has examined folklore will tell you that there are changes made in the stories past down. In general, the contours of the story remain the same, but older generations had much more elaborate tales where phrases and symbols were used to allude to other legends that the listener would know. When native peoples transitioned from a primarily oral culture, much of the nuances were lost and the stories were simplified.

Trickster tells the simplified version of these stories. I think that is too bad. A graphic medium would be able to convey some of the symbolic world of First Nations peoples in a way that recovers and makes vivid these artifacts from the past. These are just the basic tales, told in comic-book-form. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
This graphic collection is a collaborative effort of artists and tales that represent the Native American culture. It is lengthy and the artwork is inconsistent, but each tale could taken individually and be specifically used in the classroom to engage students to interpret the style,setting, and message.
  carrier3 | Jun 1, 2016 |
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Dembicki, MattEditor, Illustratorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Active, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arrington, RandIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auger, Michael J.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baehr, MeganIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bear, JoyceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bennett, AndyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boney Jr., RoyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bruchac, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bruchac, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, J. ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carr, JerryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cohen, AndrewIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Copland, JasonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cummings Jr., Thomas C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ddouma, EldrenaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dooley, SunnyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edmonds, DaytonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eyley, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Farritor, MicahIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garris, BeckeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gladstone, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goodtracks, JimmContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grinnell, ElaineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jim8ballIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, DanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keeling, EvanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lewis, PatIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Macheras, DimiIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, John BearContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Perry, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Piers, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rodgers, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Short, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silva, MichelleIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sperry, JonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stands With Many, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thompson, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thorsgard, EirikContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tingle, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Warrenfeltz, JacobIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This wonderful collection of Native American Folklore is presented in Graphic form. The accompanying sketches are a great addition to already interesting retold stories. This book would be great for 5th graders up to whatever age. This could be used in art and english classes alike for those looking for inspiration to create thier own graphic novels or pieces from different folklore stories or thier own! Here is a link to some other Native American Folklore stories: http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/...
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Collects over twenty trickster stories, in graphic novel format, from various Native American traditions, including tales about coyotes, rabbits, ravens, and other crafty creatures and their mischievous activities.

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