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Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places

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Grade 3-6.Bruchac frames 11 legends of Native American sacred places with a conversation between Little Turtle and his uncle, Old Bear, who says, “ ‘There are sacred places all around us…They are found in the East and in the North, in the South and in the West, as well as Above, Below, and the place Within. Without those places we lose our balance.’ “ Bruchac writes in language that is dignified and almost poetic in its simplicity. The text is printed in stanzas, enhancing the image of prose poems. Each legend is related to one of the seven directions and is attributed to a specific people. There is a brief pronunciation guide and a map showing the general location of different Native American groups, but no other documentation is provided. Glossy, cream-yellow paper; clear, black type with the first letter on each page done in flowing, yet restrained, red calligraphy; and lush art make this a book that is pleasing to the eye. Locker’s landscape paintings are done in the tradition of Constable’s work, concentrating on conditions of sky, atmosphere, and light rather than physical details. His colours, veering toward the day-glow intensity of Maxfield Parrish’s work, infuse the scenes with the intangible presence of the sacred. It is difficult to convey the beliefs of an entire people in one brief legend divorced from the rest of their tradition, yet these selections point to the richness possible in looking at the Earth in a spiritual way..Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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