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In "Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers, readers are immersed in a vibrant tapestry of traditional Native American folklore. As an anthropological collection with a focus on the Iroquois people, this book offers a unique glimpse into their rich cultural heritage, allowing us to transport ourselves back in time to a world brimming with enchanting tales.

Powers curates a wide range of stories, choosing those that have been cherished and passed down from generation to generation among the Iroquois. From animal fables to creation myths, each narrative carries a specific message or moral, often teaching children important life lessons. The author's deep knowledge and connection to the Iroquois people shine through her storytelling, as she expertly captures the essence of each anecdote.

What makes this collection particularly compelling is Power's writing style, which seamlessly merges the oral traditions of the Iroquois with her own literary sensibilities. The stories are vividly rendered, evoking images of sprawling forests, mystical creatures, and ancient rituals. This skillful approach not only enhances the cultural authenticity but also adds a layer of adventure and wonder for readers of all ages.

Additionally, the book includes insightful commentary and contextual information, providing readers with a broader understanding of Iroquois history and culture. Powers takes care to explain the significance of each tale within the Iroquois society, shedding light on their deep connection to nature, their sense of community, and their reverence for spiritual beliefs. These insights encourage us to appreciate the stories not only as pure entertainment but also as gateways to a deeper understanding of the Iroquois worldview.

While the collection is primarily aimed at children, it certainly has something to offer readers of all ages. The universal themes explored in these stories transcend cultural boundaries, making them relatable and thought-provoking for a diverse audience. The Iroquois wisdom passed down through generations serves as a valuable reminder of the importance of cooperation, respect, and maintaining an equilibrium between humans and the natural world.

However, it is worth noting that some readers may find the occasional colloquial language or unfamiliar vocabulary used in the book challenging. While this linguistic authenticity adds to the overall charm and authenticity, it may require extra effort, especially for younger readers or those less familiar with Native American storytelling traditions.

Overall, "Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" is a captivating journey into the world of Iroquois folklore, masterfully compiled by Mabel Powers. With its enlightening tales and valuable cultural insights, this book serves as a tribute to the Iroquois people while providing an enriching and entertaining experience for readers of all ages.

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STORIES THE IROQUOIS TELL THEIR CHILDREN

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MABEL POWERS (YEH SEN NOH WEHS)

AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY NEW YORK CINCINNATI CHICAGO

Copyright, 1917, by MABEL POWERS. All rights reserved. W. P. 9

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TO ALL THE CHILDREN WHO ASK HOW AND WHY, ESPECIALLY THOSE RED CHILDREN WHO SEE WITH WONDER EYES, AND THOSE PALEFACE CHILDREN WHO YET BELIEVE IN FAIRIES, THESE STORIES ARE LOVINGLY DEDICATED

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CONTENTS

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT 8

FOREWORD BY THE CHIEFS 9

INTRODUCTORY

HOW THE STORIES CAME TO BE 11

WHY I WAS CALLED THE STORY TELLER 13

THE LITTLE PEOPLE 18

STORY TELLING TIME 23

HOW THE IROQUOIS GIVE THANKS 27

A FIREMAKER AND A PEACEMAKER 34

IROQUOIS WONDER STORIES

HOW THE WHITE MAN CAME 45

WHY THE EAGLE DEFENDS AMERICANS 49

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