Trickster, Native American Tales
Edited by cartoonist Matt Dembicki
Fulcrum Publishing | 232 pages | $22.95
Monica Whitepigeon in Entertainment. Join the Discussion of this Book »
For centuries, American Indians throughout the United States have relied on oral storytelling in order to pass down history and fables. Today, it is not surprising that so many American Indians do not know the most basic fables of their tribes since so many have either urbanized or just lost touch with their roots. With so many cultures blending together, different ways of storytelling have even begun to integrate with various American Indian tribes.
"Trickster" is a collection of various American Indian tribes' fables, such as Anishinabe, Choctaw, and Apache, retold in a graphic novel.
Each story consists of a different author and artist showcasing a story of a human and/or animal "Trickster" who outsmarts characters and societies in order to achieve their desires. These are whimsical tales that are meant to teach lessons, as well as entertain the audience. Some tales and artwork are more memorable than others, however, this book is a fun, quick read and can easily be enjoyed by anyone wanting to know tribal fables.
Given the resurgence in American Indian culture in recent decades, "Trickster" is a valuable book for those - among us - to reconnect with the wisdom of the past and for those who just want to have a better understanding of American Indian culture and lore.
posted July 30, 2011 10:00 am edt
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