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Folk Stories of the Hmong: Peoples of Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam (World Folklore Series)

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Hmong culture has had an oral tradition for millennia, but the language itself did not even exist in written form until the 1950s. Compiled by famed author and storyteller Norma Livo and coauthor, Dia Cha, this is the first collection of authentic Hmong tales to be published commercially in the English language. Beginning with a description of Hmong history, culture, and f ...more
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published September 15th 1991 by Libraries Unlimited
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Stu
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Folk Stories of the Hmong is a more challenging collection than it appears at first blush, and readers may be discouraged in the early going. However, as one becomes accustomed to the tales and their style, it gets easier to appreciate both the aesthetics of the tales and their relationship to world folklore. The front matter that the authors provide on Hmong tradition and history is also a fine, concise introduction to these stories that makes for fine background.

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Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I felt that some of the stories were really short, only a paragraph or two long. I don't know if that's the way they're told traditionally and the author didn't feel comfortable dressing them up or what. It was a really quick read and I love love love the color plates... actually as soon as I finished this book I started doing my needlepoint again. Anne Fadiman does a superb job explaining Hmong culture and traditions in her book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her Ameri ...more
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