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          COYOTE STORIES
          Tales from Native America
          The wily, trickster, sacred fool/ hero makes his tracks, tracks, tracks through four Native American myths, plus "Railroad Coyote," a humorous true-life story from a Southern Oregon rancher. Myths include: Coyote Gets His Name (Okanogan), At-At-Hila, Monster Woman At the Coast (Wasco), Coyote and Spider (Karok) and Coyote and the Grass People (Assiniboin). Includes a general introduction relating the mythic Coyote to the biological coyote and the history of efforts in the west to irradiate the coyote. Also, includes an essay, "Are These Stories True?" which relates a Native perspective on mythology.

          Book & CD: Hardback $23.95 Softback $19.95
          Book only: Hardback $11.95 Softback $ 7.95 CD only: $14.95

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          WOLF STORIES
          Myths and True Life Tales from Around the World
          A collection of ancient myths and anecdotes from wolf biologists that show the true archetype of the wolf:

          The devoted parent.
          The spirit guide who knows about life beyond the faade.
          The predator who keeps the cycles of life in motion.
          The strong, enduring hunter.
          The guardian of mystery.
          Myths include: The Wolf's Eyelashes (Japan), "She Who Lived With Wolves" (Lakota), "Skoll & Hati" (Norse), "Spako, The Wolf Goddess" (Persia), "Ivan, The Wolf & The Firebird" (Russia), Skidi Pawnee Creation. Contributing biological anecdotes from Dr. David Mech, Bob Ream and Jack Laufer. Includes a general introduction which traces the history of human perception of the wolf. Also, each story is introduced with a historic or cultural vignette.

          Book & CD: Hardback $23.95 Softback $19.95
          Book only: Hardback $11.95 Softback $ 7.95 CD only: $14.95

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          WHEN WOMAN BECAME THE SEA
          A Rain Forest Creation Myth from Costa Rica Colorful Illustrations By Hispanic Tile Designer: Christina Acosta
          "A lovely creation myth from Costa Rica is retold in a read-aloud rhythm and illustrated with gorgeous, tropical paintings. Sound effects are indicated by the waving, explosive typeface that will inspire dramatic story hours. The rich colors and vivid patterns of Acosta's illustrations echo Latino pottery and design, making this an irresistible package." __Kirkus Reviews, 1998

          "Strauss is a storyteller and her colloquial, rhythmic narrative just begs to be read or told aloud." __ School Library Journal, 1999

          In this creation myth of the Cabecar natives of Costa Rica the first woman helps the creator, make water __ the missing, needed piece in the world's creation. She is romanced by Thunder and goes through several extraordinary transformations. A lively and humorous rainforest story. With introductory essay: "Finding the Science in the Myth" __ shows how the myth's imagery reveals the tree's important role in the water cycle and the possible role of electricity in the creation of earth's water.

          Book only: Hardback $14.95
          Tape only: Solo story $ 5.95
          CD only: Included in The Birds of Fortune CD (see recordings below) $15.00

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          THE PASSIONATE FACT
          Storytelling in Natural History & Cultural Interpretation

          "...Some have dubbed the present and coming future 'the information age'...in the midst of this proudly heralded most modern age, we must ask, what becomes of all this information? What information deserves our attention? How does this information affect our ability to live up to our higher potential for interaction in a respectful and socially responsible way with human beings and other life-forms...?" __from The Passionate Fact

          The Passionate Fact looks at how storytelling is distinct from information giving, how it demands introspection and self-reflection for the presenter to be effective, how it weaves together beauty and truth, and translates content or information into images. 152 pages. Chapter Titles:

          Story Speaking versus Information Giving
          A World Layered in Story: Types of Story and How They Work
          Literary, Visual and Musical: Storytelling __ A Three-Part Art
          Moralizing and the Message, or The Moral to the Story and Other False Ideas about What a Story Does
          Science as Archetype: Myth as Truth
          Telling Scientific Fact as Story ¤ Learning from Our Continental Elders: Native American Myths
          Researching a Story with Head and Heart
          Entering the Oral Tradition: Practical Practice Techniques
          Voice, Gesture and Movement
          Book only: Softback $17.95

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          OH! THAT COYOTE
          Native American Coyote Tales for Reading Aloud
          A teacher's guide. Includes scripts for twelve Coyote Stories. Plus, introductory essays give cultural and literary background and guidance for enlivening a storyteller's voice while reading the stories aloud.

          Book only: Softback $8.00

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          RECORDINGS


          BIRDS OF FORTUNE
          Blessing Stories from the Book of Nature
          Flute, drum, marimba and violin accompaniment by Jo Booser. Stories include: Yggdrasil, The World Tree (Nordic), Coyote & Farting Boy (Nez Perce), Language of the Birds (Hassidic Jewish), When Woman Became the Sea (Costa Rican), Loon Mother (Athapascan), Heyoke Brings Water to Sundance (original), A Refugee from Suburbia (original), Birds of Fortune (Japan).

          CD: $15.00

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          TRACKS, TRACKS, TRACKS
          Native American Coyote Tales
          Stories: Fox Sings the World (D'Angelo), Coyote Gets His Name (Okanagon), Coyote Meets Numozoho (Paiute), Coyote & Spider (Karok), The Swallowing Monster (Nez Perce), At'At'Hila at the Coast (Wasco).

          CD: $15.00

           

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          AND FOR KIDS
          Folk Tales from Around the World
          Side 1: A Thief in Chelm (Yiddish), Herschel & the Innkeeper (Yiddish), Br'er Rabbit & Br'er Snake (African American), The Birch Tree (Russian), Five Sparrows (Japan).
          Side 2: Creation of Day & Night (Nez Perce), Coyote Loses His Song (Karok), Coyote & The Medicine Leggings (Blackfoot), Coyote & The Pointing One (Winnebago), Coyote & The Salmon Sisters (Wishram).

          CD: $15.00

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          COYOTE GETS A CADILLAC & OTHER WILD TALES
          Traditional and original tales with an environmental ethic theme, including: A Cricket in Washington, D.C. (Jerry), Coyote and the Grass People (Assiniboin), Crow's Story (original), Coyote Goes to the Sky (Karok), God Too, Lives in Northern New Jersey (original), Coyote Gets A Cadillac (original), Little Red Riding Boots Moves to L.A.(original), Skidi Pawnee Creation of North American & the Wolf.

          CD: $15.00

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          THE BIRD'S TALE
          Multi-Cultural Bird Myths
          Cherokee Creation of Blue Ridge Mountains, The Bluejay Yarn (Mark Twain), The Nightingale & the Dove (Afganistan), The Hundreth Dove (England), The Eagle & The Sunbox (Wasco), Spearfinger Woman (Cherokee).

          TAPE: $10.00

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          WITCHES, QUEENS & GODDESSES
          Mythic Images of the Feminine
          Demeter & Persephone (Greek), Finist the Falcon (Russian), Venus & Adonis (Roman), King of Cats (original).

          TAPE: $10.00

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          VIDEO

          THE MYTHIC WOLF
          National Park Service produced. Introduction on history of cultural interpretations of the wolf with live wolf footage and illustration. Followed by storytelling performance of Skidi Pawnee Creation Myth. 20 minutes.

          VIDEO: $30.00

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