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When reading these stories, we must understand that many indigenous languages in Canada are based on animate and inanimate ways of thinking and speaking. In others words, all creation is either alive or not alive. Everything has a spirit (animate) or no spirit (inanimate), but each has a purpose, a gift that contributes to the well being of the living community. Although there are many diverse languages and peoples they all share a common belief that “we are all related.” All life forms were created equal. As you will see in the following stories, animals and birds speak, sing, teach, and communicate with people and each other.

 

The Braid of History
The myths of Aboriginal cultures and the three types of stories with which the First Nations relate and carry on their history.
The Earth World
A woman from the sky draws on the treasures of the ocean - and her animal friends - to form the Earth in this ancient Creation myth.
The Vision of Tailfeather Woman
The white man's war against the Aboriginal people is brought to a halt in this tale of the birth of the Powwow drum.
The Creation
The Ojibwe creation story richly illustrated.
Crow Indian Water Medicine
A man's desire for revenge instead leads him to learn the secrets of plenty in this story which explains the origins of the Sun Dance.
The Lord of the Sky
An old chief visits his anger upon the earth.
Elderberry Flute Song
The song of the flute weaves a spell of creation in this poem by Peter Blue Cloud.
Hiwatha
A young boy creates the music of his people from the sounds of nature.
The Power of the Drum
A personal story illustrates the healing powers of music.

 

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