ERIC Number: ED373950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Creation of a California Tribe: Grandfather's Maidu Indian Tales.
Smith-Trafzer, Lee Ann; Trafzer, Clifford E.
This children's book relates the story of Travis and Laura and how their grandfather, a Maidu Indian, teaches them about their history and culture through stories. The book stresses the importance of storytelling as the traditional way of passing on the history of Indian peoples. As part of a school project, Travis tells his classmates the Maidu creation story, told to him many times by his grandfather. The story features Coyote, Earthmaker, and Robin and tells how they created animals, plants, and human beings. Travis' classmates are very interested and ask him many questions about Maidu Indian culture and history. When his granddaughter Laura visits from Los Angeles, grandfather also shares Maidu stories with her. Finally, grandfather visits Travis' school and tells the students the story of brave Thunder Boy. (LP)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian History, American Indian Literature, American Indians, Books, Childrens Literature, Cultural Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Nonformal Education, Oral Tradition, Story Telling, Tales, Tribes
Sierra Oaks Publishing Co., 1370 Sierra Oaks Court, Newcastle, CA 95658-9791.
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Maidu (Tribe)
Note: Illustrated by Ross Coates. Some illustrations may not reproduce clearly.