Mary Pelton, Jacquelle DiGennaro's Images of a People: Tlingit Myths and Legends (World PDF

By Mary Pelton, Jacquelle DiGennaro

Within the first a part of this ebook, the authors introduce us to the Tlingit tradition, background, land, and conventional artwork varieties. the second one half is a set of twenty-two stories, from construction myths and spiritual tales to tales that train familial values. A bibliography, an index, colour photos, and illustrations by way of conventional Tlingit artist Ts'anak are integrated. a good source for the multicultural school room or for a unit on American Indians.

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Marrying someone of equal rank was very important, and rank determined the gifts that were given at the time of a marriage. Olson defines status as face. He says, "Tlingits put a great emphasis on integrity, honor, bravery and 'face' in social and personal relationships. No insult, wrong, indignity or injury could pass unnoticed or unresolved" (1967, 684). Except for a very few specific crimes, such as witchcraft, most injuries could be mitigated by the payment of reparations of some type. Page 13 Slaves Wealthier houses kept slaves.

Tremendous stands of Sitka spruce and western hemlock thrived in the abundant rainfall, averaging over 100 inches a year. These unbroken stands towered to heights of 200 feet or more. When these overmature giants fell, they created gaps in the forest canopy. As the understory responded to increased sunlight, wildlife populations of deer and bear flourished in the new ecologically diverse environment. The rugged land did not support agriculture, and the dense forests and high mountains made the interior almost impenetrable.

They did, however, have a deep reverence for the spirituality of all things. As Hunt and Forman say, the Tlingit "shared his world with a profusion of spirits whose presence was reflected in every aspect of his life" (1979, 69). All things possessed power or spiritual force. It was important to respect the spirit of all things and to keep harmony in the environment. Spirits were manifest in different functions. Some spirits, for example, concerned themselves with the everyday lives of people. Others conferred power on the shamans.

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