Echoes of the Elders

Echoes of the Elders

The Stories and Paintings of Chief Lelooska

Book - 1997
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This collection of five tales represents the first written record of Chief Lelooska's tellings of the ancient myths and legends that have been a part of the oral tradition of the Northwest Coast Indians for centuries. These often humorous, sometimes frightening stories teach us that we should treat the oceans, the land, and its creatures with the utmost respect and reverence. The stories here are written as they were recounted by Chief Lelooska, and one can even read along as he retells the tales on a CD that is packaged in an envelope inside the front cover. The background sounds of traditional chants accompanied by native drums and rattles enhance the effect of sitting right there beside Chief Lelooska. He brings to life in his powerful voice a harsh natural world of loons and ravens with supernatural powers, and awe-inspiring beings such as Poogweese, Owl Witch, and the fierce Tsonoqua. During his life, Lelooska spread interest and knowledge about the Kwakiutl people through his live performances of their ancient legends and his beautiful woodcarvings of their traditional masks and totem poles. For nearly 40 years, Lelooska and his family of four generations of artists performed in their cedar-plank house with a central firepit the age-old myths, dances, and music, wearing the wooden masks and robes of their adopted tribe. Lelooska was a master at the craft of oral literature, weaving enchanting tales of magic and mystery for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Publisher: New York : DK Publishing, Inc., in association with Callaway Editions, 1997.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780789424556
078942455X
Branch Call Number: 398.2
Characteristics: 38 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 34 cm. + 1 computer laser optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
Additional Contributors: Normandin, Christine

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Sep 24, 2017

What a great book! Every story is wonderful! The illustrations are fantastic! A good read for all ages. The final story answers the question everyone wonders: where do mosquitos come from?

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mairi_kwan
Nov 18, 2013

These stories have been captivating to me and my children (aged 4 and 9). They are creation stories from the perspective of the first nations people in this region - something we yearn to know and include in our worldview. The pictures are beautiful too and we especially enjoy Chief Lelooska's renditions of the stories on the CD. He really makes them come alive.

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