Keepers of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children

$20.00 each


Teaches children of all ages to understand, live with and care for the animals.


The Keepers books for native-centered science curricula are suitable for elementary and through older middle school students. They include stories that lead to an awareness that all things are related, followed by hands on activities and discussions that compliment the stories.

From the Introduction: Keepers of the Animals continues the tradition established by its highly popular and critically acclaimed predecessor, Keepers of the Earth. Here each parent, teacher, naturalist and storyteller is given the tools to bring the wonder and magic of the stories and lessons into the lives of children by empowering them with knowledge, skills and enjoyment found in the activities. This book is about learning to understand, live with and care for the animals: A gathering of carefully selected Native North American animal stories and hands-on activities that promote an understanding of, appreciation for, empathy with and responsible stewardship toward all animals on Earth, including human beings.

Each story is a natural teaching tool, which becomes a springboard as you dive into the activities designed to provoke curiosity among children and facilitate discovery of the animals and their environments and the influence that people have on those surroundings.



Authors: Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) and Michael Caduto

Illustrations: Black and white illustrations by John Kahionhes Fadden (Mohawk)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1997

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Abenaki, Mohawk, Various U.S. tribes