ERIC Number: ED186180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
NAPI Stories. Blackfeet Heritage Program: Browning.
Rides At The Door, Darnell Davis, Comp.
Napi stories have been passed down from generation to generation in the Blackfeet Nation. All Blackfeet people knew of Napi, from the serious side of his creation to the foolish and spiteful deeds he performed. At one time it is said that Napi could talk with all living things--the animals, plants, rocks, everything. He teased, pulled pranks, many times on himself. His actions began a cycle of existence. Each family has their own interpretation of the various Napi stories, but in the final analysis each story has a common moral in the ending. One story might teach a lesson or prove a point; another story may tell of how a certain part of nature came to be. Through the stories compiled in this volume, it is hoped that Blackfeet children and others will begin to obtain an understanding of the Blackfeet people. Titles included are "Dreams,""How to Pick Berries,""Indian Customs and Beliefs of Days Past,""Magic Leggings,""Napi and His Mate,""Napi and the Birds,""Napi and the Elk Dance,""Napi Looses His Eyes,""Napi Punishes the Rock,""Napi Teases the Bear,""Napi, the Ground Squirrels, and the Bobcat," and "The Story of Marriage." Full page black and white drawings by Blackfeet artists Barbara Gilham Aubert, Tracy Rutherford, and Kenny Doore illustrate each story. (Author/NEC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Creative Works; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Browning School District 9, MT.