STORIES THAT CRAFTED THE EARTH

STORIES THAT CRAFTED THE EARTH

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By Adrian Beckingham - The man from story mountain. ISBN 978-0-9063-6265-5 215 x 150mm 320 pages Paperback - Fully Illustrated in colour. These inspiring creation stories from indigenous peoples around the world, many re-told here for the first time, will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Ever since the dawn of language, Story has taught people important lessons about the culture they live in and about the cultures of other times and peoples. This book explores stories of Earth Creation how the Earth, the rivers, the lakes, the oceans, the mountains, the valleys, the clouds, the sky, and the first animals and people came into being. The Earth Creation stories of tribal peoples share common ground when illustrating humanitys fragile position as a tiny cog in an enormous life macrocosm. These stories have been passed on orally for centuries. They not only inspire us to reach for the stars but they also teach us to respect the natural world, to respect other people, and to respect ourselves. Earth Creation Stories are from the following cultures. Aboriginal Australian Dreamtime, Amazonian Indian/Yanomani, American Indian/Blackfoot, American Indian/Hopi, American-Canadian Indian/Kwakiutl, Ancient Britain, Balinese, Celtic, Norse Viking, Tibetan. Under the name The Man from Story Mountain, Adrian Beckingham is a professional storyteller. Years spent with Aboriginal Elders in Australia before settling in England have given him valuable first-hand insights into how tribal cultures live. As a result, he realised that the morals of environmental sustainability and social cohesion which are very present in these original stories, also inhabit the peoples daily lives. He is well-known in England, Australia and Europe for his story-telling skills and is booked regularly into schools, psychiatric units and environmental projects to not only entertain, but also to bring alive the plight of indigenous peoples now whose land and rights are being threatened by governments and big business. Survival International is supporting this book. Survival International helps tribal peoples defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures. An important part of this work involves increasing international awareness of the dversity of tribal peoples and an understanding of their lives, cultures and histories. This is vital because public opinion is always the most effective long-term force for change. As more and more men, women and children learn about tribal peoples and care about what is happening to them today, we will make it harder, and eventually impossible, for governments and companies to continue stealing their land and violating their rights. This book, Stories that Crafted the Earth, will help by introducing readers to some of the worlds 150 million tribal people through the beauty of their own stories. Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International.

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