Narratives inspired by the retelling of Indian stories and legends, with gorgeous artwork
It's easy to imagine yourself transported back to a time when an Elder might have told stories like those in Whispers of the Ancients around a glowing hearth. Thanks to Tamarack Song's storytelling skills, monsters, heroes, and shapeshifters come alive and open a doorway to the mysteries of life. Easily accessible to all ages, this is a book that speaks to each person at his or her own level of comprehension and need. It is as beautiful to read as it is to look at.
Stunning Aboriginal artwork by Moses (Amik) Beaver combines with provocative storytelling to renew, in all their traditional splendor, exceptional legends from around the world. Entertaining, profound, passionate, glorious—these are stories that illustrate and evoke themes common to everyone's life, with an ancient wisdom that helps the listener to cope with today's opportunities for tenderness, grief, passion, and irony.
"Whispers of the Ancients helps us reconnect with the spirit of story that is a part of all our heritages. With respect for the wisdom of the past and with an eye toward the cross-cultural links that legends can make between us, Tamarack Song offers a gathering of tales and insightful comments that point the way back to the circle."
—Joseph Bruchac, author of more than 70 books for children and adults, including (with coauthor Michael J. Caduto) the best-selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children
"It is a lovely collection of stories... a delight for readers familiar with Native American tales, as well as those new to the genre."
Nautilus Book Awards 2011 Gold Winner in the Multicultural/Indigenous category
Winner of three Midwest Independent Publishers Awards in the categories of Coffee Table Books, Social Studies, and Illustration
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Watch: Tamarack Song Reading: Two Hungry Bears, Artwork by Moses (Amik) Beaver | YouTube | 7/28/2010