ERIC Number: ED356107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Right after Sundown: Teaching Stories of the Navajos.
Mabery, Marilyne Virginia
Understanding of the traditional Navajo world view and philosophy is ultimately centered on their origin story of emergence into the present world. All stories stem from this basic one. This collection of 12 Navajo stories includes origin stories, coyote stories, and a fairly recent one that describes a recognizable place. In the Anglo sense, these stories may seem unrelated, but to the Navajos, they are all connected. These stories are not colorful folk tales or a writer's creative imagination, but are, for the Navajos, actual events. In their humor and graphic descriptions, the stories seem to be folk tales. In their supernatural reality, they take on the quality of legend. In their association with the complicated Navajo ceremonies, they explain and justify the moral values and cultural norms of traditional Navajo society. In their moralistic character, they represent the height of parable. Repetition, so customary in American Indian stories, is a reflection of the rhythms of daily life and the power of continuity. Rather than lecturing their young people about right and wrong, the Navajos tell stories such as these to illustrate what they desire to teach, allowing the children to grasp for themselves what is appropriate behavior. This book includes 20 references, a glossary, and a prayer from the Navajo Beauty Way. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Literature, Cultural Education, Ethical Instruction, Fables, Informal Education, Mythology, Story Telling, Values Education, World Views
Navajo Community College Press, Tsaile, AZ ($14.95).
Publication Type: Books; Creative Works; Guides - Classroom - Learner
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