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  Many thousands of years before Christopher Columbus’ ships landed in the Bahamas, a different group of people discovered America: the nomadic ancestors of modern Native Americans who hiked over a “land bridge” from Asia to what is now Alaska more than 12,000 years ago. In fact, by the time European adventurers arrived in the 15th century A.D., scholars estimate that more than 50 million people were already living in the Americas. Of these, some 10 million lived in the area that would become the United States. As time passed, these migrants and their descendants pushed south and east, adapting as they went. In...

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A Book Review by Brittany: This book has to be one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time. The author of this particular book, Ernie LaPointe is a lineal descent and a great-grandson of the legendary Sitting Bull. Despite the fact that this is not a biography that most would deem conventional, it speaks truth and is filled with family history as well as oral stories, research, legal papers, and even official letters to back it up! LaPointe allows for the readers to understand Sitting Bull, how his family remembered him through traditional oral stories and personal...

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Books, Culture, History, Native American, Storytelling -

The Native American culture is known for its rich oral tradition - instead of using a written language to document their history, these indigenous people simply relied on their verbal language to share their history, customs, rituals, and legends through vivid narratives. These powerful tales, often told by the tribal elders to the younger generations, not only related their tribal history; these tribal stories also entertained and preserved their culture. History comes aliveEach time a story was told, it breathed life into the culture, cultivated their verbal language, gave meaning to the tribe's history, and also taught life lessons about...

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Books, Culture, History, Native American, Storytelling -

Every culture has its own stories that people pass down from generation to generation.  “Santa Claus” is known by many different names in many different cultures.  Kris Kringle and Santa Claus are common in the United States and the United Kingdom.  Papa Noel is used by people living in Latin America, Egypt, and Brazil.  There are also very common stories, such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and the most famous, the Bible story. There are other stories as well that get passed on throughout the years.  In the Native American culture, a lot of the stories that are told...

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