Winner of an ALA Notable Children's Recording and an Editor's Choice Award. Our second tape with storyteller Dovie Thomason and our first with the a cappella group Ulalí, this is a collection of nine stories drawn from different Native American tribes including the Lakota, Catawba, Algonquin and Penobscot. Ulalí, a trio of Native American women, have performed at the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. as well as the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the gala opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Together these four Native women present the vibrant Native American culture as it thrives today. The stories on this tape are the ones children request repeatedly at Dovie's performances. Dovie writes of the collection: "My Grandma Dovie told me stories, not only to teach me about Indian culture and history but because I needed them. Through the mistakes, bad choices and often unruly antics of the animal people, we are shown human weaknesses and are gently and humorously reminded to look at our own." The stories include "The Making of the Animals" from the Algonquin/Iroquois peoples; "Turtle Learns to Fly" and "Mouse & the Moon" from the Lakota/Dakota peoples; "The Bear Child" from the Penobscot/Passamaquoddy and Iroquois peoples; "Two Chipmunks" from the Catawba people; and more.
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LESSONS OF THE ANIMAL PEOPLE is a collaboration between artist and producer that creates an exquisite storytelling experience. Through metaphorical stories complemented by music from the women of Ulali, Thomason offers a glimpse into the Native American culture she cherishes. These animal stories were once a way of teaching without punishment and confrontation. Thomason's soft, gentle voice changes to angry, mocking, innocent and wise as she skillfully portrays story characters in a way that is so vivid it creates animated pictures in the listener's mind. Lessons share more than values; they create a cultural identity that will help others to understand. Children and adults will appreciate this recording, each on a different level. R.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom School Library Journal:
Ulali's music underscores Thomason's gentle, humorous Native American stories about animals whose mistakes, bad choices and unruly antics remind us of human weaknesses.
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