This week I read the Native American Hero Tales in the un-textbook. This unit was a very interesting unit, and different so far compared to some of the other units. I have only read one Native American story unit and I can already see how creative they are with storytelling. The Natives are one with nature. I can tell that they are in sync with the animals and the spirits. In fact, some of their gods are animals, such as an eagle.
The first mini story I read was called the jealous uncle and found this story to be my favorite one within the section. It had a familiar plot that I recognized but a completely different story. The story was about an Uncle who would become jealous of any Nephews that were born, so we would have then killed. Once day the mother tricked the uncle into believing that the next child she had was a girl meaning that the uncle wouldn’t kill her. The uncle eventually found out that the kid was a boy and he tried to kill him. Throughout the story the nephew out-smarted the uncle with his attempts to kill him. In the end the boy killed the uncle because of the way he treated his parents.
This stories main theme in my opinion is “loyalty” and Jealousy”. The boy was loyal to his uncle even though he was trying to kill him over and over. He knew this and still obeyed what his uncle told him to do. The other theme is jealousy. The uncle was fueled by jealously basically the entire story. If he had been then he would not try to kill his nephew. I really enjoyed this story because I liked reading about how the boy handled his uncle. He stayed positive and confident in the whole story. Not once did he ever doubt and think that he would die. It was nice seeing the boy overcome the obstacles and then eventually put a stop altogether to his uncle.
Finally, the only thing that confused me was the conclusion of the story. When the boy went to the other island, did he receive “powers” that turned him into an eagle? I wasn’t exactly sure how he killed the uncle. I know he dropped him somehow, but I didn’t know it he had an eagle kill him or if the boy turned into an eagle.
Bald Eagle by: Ryan McFarland
More information of Bald Eagles: Wikipedia