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Spirits Dark and Light: Supernatural Tales from the Five Civilized Tribes

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In the Native American tradition, a strong connection exists between the spirit world and the natural world. What happens in one has direct and often reciprocal impact on the other. In this collection, Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle draws from the rich heritage of the Five Civilized Tribes - the Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole nations - and brings tales f ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 13th 2006 by August House Publishers
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Maureen
Good grief, why isn't this book more popular? Here's a short review by Beverly Slapin that describes why these MG short stories are so splendid: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/search?q=%22Spirits+Dark+and+Light
Kelsey
Age: 10-15 years

An excellent folktale book written by a reliable, Choctaw storyteller. Before each tribe's stories are shared, there is a brief introduction of their spiritual existence. This gives an excellent base for understanding the stories to follow. An excellent primary source for research.
This would be good for an experienced storyteller because the stories read more like fiction. Telling these would also require lots of research if you are not part of the cultures represented.
Tim
Oct 08, 2010 Tim rated it liked it
I appreciate how Tingle can take a scrap of folklore and turn it into a tellable tale. Really enjoyed learning about indigenous shapeshifters, evil spirits, and things that go bump in the night.
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Tim Tingle, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is a popular presenter at storytelling and folklore festivals across America. He was featured at the 2002 National Storytelling Festival. In 2004, he was a Teller-In-Residence at The International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, Tennessee. Choctaw Chief Gregory Pyle has requested a story by Tingle previous to his Annual State of the Nation ...more
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