By Lillian A. Ackerman
Among local American Plateau humans, girls are vital tradition bearers, answerable for passing religious values from one iteration to the subsequent by means of many capacity, together with handbook artwork kinds, tales, and songs. This e-book explores all of the Plateau arts via local American legends and poems, articles by means of a variety of students, and interviews with local American ladies artists.
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Her bones became the rocks; the largest ones, the mountain ranges and ridges. Her blood dried up, and assumed the form of gold, copper, and other metals. Much of it ran to one place and congealed in the form of a large mass of gold among the mountains.... Now, Old-One commenced to make the Nicola country. He flattened, lowered, and heightened it here and there, until it became similar to what it is at the present day. Then he formed lakes, and made water flow in the form of rivers and creeks, and created fish, animals, and birds to inhabit it.
No legends are told during the summer months. Each tribe has a different reason. Legends are told only during the winter time. The tradition is being altered here because this grandmother believes it is vitally important for her great-grandchildren to retain and perpetuate the lessons in stories she was about to record. Page 20 8. Yakama grandmother with young girl and baby in a cedar basket. Courtesy of Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, Washington (Post Collection). Page 21 It was imperative that she consult with her relatives and children before she gave me permission to come to her home.
The hands take this back to the beginning, each time. The eyes cast over the land seeing the light imbue luminosity, the vibrant small spots of flowers, so tiny and humble in their beauty and honesty. As a Great Grandmother, whose foot you could have fit into your palm, is so tiny and is bigger in recollection than white-capped mountains. The sound of water tells the story well, in the sheen of river stone, a song is everywhere, faithful to continuance, the purity of making the memory come around this way.