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This is the second edition of this ancient mythos that I have self published. A perfect book for teachers, young adults, and culture enthusiasts to enjoy! In honor of the place I call home…the domain of the Eagle Mother. <3

Following the tradition of native oral histories, Eagle Drums is the retelling of an ancient myth that has been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. This is the story of an Inupiaq Eskimo boy in the Arctic who is taken from his family by a flock of golden eagles who are able to take human form. The boy is told that he must learn a series of lessons or his life will be taken. Thus begins the story of how Inupiaq music and dance came to be.

In a mysterious and other worldly retelling, our main character learns the previously unknown arts of singing, dancing, and holding a feast. In a time when the people of the north did not have trade and avoided each other as much as possible, learning these social gifts were considered hopeless. This unusual boy has no option but to learn the lessons of sociability and music quickly in hopes of returning to his parents, and avoid the fate of his two brothers before him who had been killed for refusing to take part.

The boy follows the orders of the aging Golden Eagle mother and learns all that he can about song and dance under her pyrite gaze. He returns to his parents and holds the first “Kiviq,” or “Messenger feast,” with humans that are sent by the Great Mother herself. Thus began the tradition of a feast that is held in times of abundance, a tradition that is central to life in the Arctic, and one that is still held today.

All books come signed by the author. Book is 102 pages, paperback. Illustration and book©Rainey Hopson 2016

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EAGLE DRUMS - Alaska Native mythos - Origin story of 'Kivgiq' The Messenger Feast

$21.00

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