Reading Notes: American Indian, Part A

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Ok, so these stories were way more up my alley than the previous marriage tales that I read. Once again, the imagery used was so strong. When the author would describe a setting, I felt as if I was there. When descriptions would be described, I could see an exact image in my head. What a great job at imagery used! My favorite story in this section was the very first one, Iagoo, the Story-Teller. 

You know that you really enjoyed a story when you read the entire unit, then immediately want to write the reading notes over the very FIRST introductory story that’s not freshest on your mind. The main reason why, is that it reminded me of some VERY wise old men that I know, or knew.  Anyways, in this story, Iagoo, is known as the wisest of them all. He knew everything about everything and everyone. He has such knowledge based on not only his age, but his experiences throughout life, and learning of the experiences of others. All of the children loved Iagoo because of his great storytelling. When the children are gathered around, the northern-wind starts making “whoo, whoo” sounds through the firewood of the fire. When a girl asks if if can hurt them, he simple replies to have no fear (though he’s frightened). He then goes on to tell a story about it, which is described in Shin-ge-bis Fools the North Wind (also an amazing story). However, this is where I want to take over the story. I want to change this into my own version, but keep the introductory (Iagoo) the same. I could completely change it and turn this into a story where Iagoo tells a story of horses. Maybe I could have the horses defeat the bit, mean, northern-wind. I could also change it to where Iagoo is a horse, and tells stories to the children. Not only could he tell stories, but he could also transport them to where the stories took place. That would be cool! I have a lot of thinking to do that I could base off of the reading’s from this unit, but I sure want Iagoo in my story (whether horse or person).


American Indian Fairy Tales Unit. American Indian Fairy Tales by W.T. Larned. Illustrations by John Rae in 1921. This unit can be accessed here.

Image 1: Storytelling (Millais Boyhood of Raleigh). Accessed from Wikimedia Commons.


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