Ethnic Literary Traditions in American Children's Literature by Michelle Pagni Stewart, Yvonne Atkinson

By Michelle Pagni Stewart, Yvonne Atkinson

His booklet expands the knowledge of children’s literature as ethnic literature. a various mixture of members is helping readers to technique children’s literature from an insider’s standpoint, therefore improving the literary adventure present in ethnic children’s books. This number of essays will tell readers of the cultural nuances of ethnic literature, the indicators, indications, and tags that may be misunderstood or ignored. the United States has turn into extra conscious of our cultural variations, and Ethnic Literary Traditions in American Children’s Literature celebrates these distinctions. 

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Failing to perceive Mikwam’s human nature, they identify him as “meat” and argue over which one of them will claim his “bones” (Birchbark 65). In Fishtail’s view, the white invaders suffer from a similar obsession, equally deadly. As he exclaims, “Not even when we are gone and they have the bones of our loved ones will they be pleased” (Birchbark 80). Prisoners of their own delusion, the invading whites take on the characteristics of living ghosts. They are ready to devour their fellow human beings, driven by their fierce appetite, not for necessary food, but rather for land.

Another writer with versatility is Joy Harjo. 1057/9780230101524 - Ethnic Literary Traditions in American Children's Literature, Edited by Michelle Pagni Stewart and Yvonne Atkinson ● 23 interpreted them with her band Poetic Justice and her own saxophone playing. Clearly the saxophone is a modern musical instrument, invented by Adolphe Sax in 1841, yet Harjo’s mastery of the instrument as a mode of indigenous expression demonstrates adaptability and survival techniques. Although some contemporary theorists might label Harjo’s performances as “hybrid,” she clearly puts her own Muscogee Creek interpretation on ideas, concepts and expressions.

Once again, Omakayas herself is inspired to action. In Nokomis’s tale—titled “Nanabozho and the Muskrat Make an Earth”—repeated rains have lapped the earth in water. The magical Nanabozho, “the great teacher of the Ojibwe” (Game 89), is marooned, perched in the highest limb of a pine tree, as the water rises “to his mouth” (Birchbark 172). When Nanabozho asks an otter and a beaver to dive deep and bring up a grain of earth so that he can rebuild the world, both animals try but fail. Finally a tiny muskrat succeeds in bringing up five grains of earth, which Nanabozho casts onto the waters to create a new world.

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