posted on Jun, 24 2009 @ 05:32 PM
With my 9 year old - we just finished: "American Indian Fairy Tales" by William Trowbridge Larned.
Its a book I have had since my first child and he is 21. I have raised four youngens now (3 by marriage but it matters not to me - only Mama they have
ever known.) They are mine now. Period.
I use this lil 9 chapter book to teach them about my heritage - their heritage. I use it to weed out the disinformation and help them understand that
Some info in the book - you must take with a grain of salt is what Im trying to convey. But I do bare in mind the book is about 'Fairy Tales' - I
hope you do too and consider the book! For example, they speak of the Cherokee and tents. I am Cherokee - born and raised right there on the
reservation in the hills of NC. That being said - Im close to my roots and connected to my heritage not only by books, Dawes Rolls and research. Im at
one with all of it through LIFE EXPERIENCE. Different from a book - no one can tell me how it was. I was THERE. I know how it is. Therefore, by
default, knowing what is the truth and what is disinformation regarding my people.
This, of course, doesnt make me any more or any less Native American than anyone else but it does allow me to speak from another point of view on this
than most. Anyway, I assure you... the Cherokee tribe has NEVER housed ourselves in tents. Ever. We are mountain people. ALWAYS choosing shelter in
rocks and caves. Never tents. Neither of the 13 clans or 7 tribes! None of us. So read it understanding it is Fairy Tale Based!
Now to the book I am reading myself! Because I was born and raised on the reservation - my course of study was probably a lot different than that of
the public schools whom were held to standards by the state. I will admit - I had (and always will) to do a tremendous amount of self-teaching just to
be somewhat intelligent. But I must have taught myself well - pulled off my Law Degree. No intention to ever practice law. But to be protected BY AND
FROM THE LAW.
So - knowing I didnt read all of the classics my public school mates were assigned, because they simply weren't assigned to me - I decided I was
going to read all of the books assigned students to read from grades 9-12. All of those Yummy Classics!
I am a good number of books into my goal - my latest read; "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Im only on chapter 5 of 45 but so far - Im loving it! Its an awesome book and picking it up is never a chore! The language is harsh (N word A LOT) but
its the old south in 1785. I try not to be ultra-sensitive about that and allow myself to enjoy the story for what its worth - if not for how its
Shew - ever write a post and youre pure tired after? LOL Thanks for reading! I understand I am verbose and really cant change that regardless of my
futile efforts! I appreciate and starred the OP and the members who brought up books on my list of 'to reads'! I adore everyone of you!
(EDITED TO SAY: Awww man! I cant star anyone here! Will ya take a big ol hug instead!
[edit on 24-6-2009 by Little One]