Birth of the fifth sun: and other Mesoamerican tales

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Many of these seventeen short tales deriving from Mesoamerican mythology are traditional and have traveled through time among the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America. A few are contemporary and seem to originate with Nahuatl-speaking descendants of the Aztecs. All of them, however, grace the pages here in lively fashion for young readers nine and up.Many middle schools include Aztec and Mayan myths in their curricula, but the selection is narrow, the sources scattered, and the stories themselves usually undeveloped, even fragmentary. Most of the stories are found only in scholarly works far beyond the grasp of young readers. Now, enlarging upon the mythology that frames the decision making of her young adult hero and heroine in Delfino's Journey and Teresa's Journey, Jo Harper fleshes out tales of Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca for fourth through sixth graders. Young readers will also meet the Jaguar Sun, the Snake Woman, and the Pepper Man.To be as faithful as possible to the pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican worldview and humor of the original tales, Harper consulted closely with indigenous Nahuatl speakers and cultural anthropologists, yet her delivery has all the freshness and polish of a practiced storyteller who knows her audience. Here then for young readers and their teachers is an engaging introduction to Mesoamerican mythology and to an oral tradition worth preserving well beyond the classroom.Part One: Quetzalcoatl and TezcaBirth of the Fifth SunWho Will Be the People?Corn MountainWho Can Teach the People?Music Is BornQuetzalcoatl FallsTezca Shows His PowerMaster LogThe Pepper ManTezca's MusicPart Two: Tricks and MistakesThe Thunder Spirits' New CookThe Buzzard HusbandRafael Outsmarts the NahualLalito and the NahualThe Devil's CaveThe Possum's TaleChioconejo Rabbit and Coyote
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display_description"A retelling of traditional folk tales that originate from Mexico and Central America. They reflect the pre-Colombian, Mesoamerican worldview, and include characters like Quetzalcoatl and trickster figures like coyote. A few of the tales are contemporary and seem to originate from Nahuatl-speaking descendants of the Aztecs"--Provided by publisher.
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ils:.b37456933BookBooksEnglishTexas Tech University Press, [2008]xii, 112 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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Indians of Central America -- Folklore -- Juvenile literature
Indians of Mexico -- Folklore -- Juvenile literature
Tales -- Central America -- Juvenile literature
Tales -- Mexico -- Juvenile literature
title_displayBirth of the fifth sun : and other Mesoamerican tales
title_fullBirth of the fifth sun : and other Mesoamerican tales / Jo Harper ; illustrated by Irma Martinez Sizer
title_shortBirth of the fifth sun
title_suband other Mesoamerican tales
topic_facetIndians of Central America
Indians of Mexico