First Fire: A Traditional Native American Tale

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This traditional Cherokee story is beautifully written, and Emerson’s illustrations of the animals are impressive.

 

Long, long, really long ago, there was no fire, so the Thunderers sent lightning and put fire in the bottom of a hollow tree that grew on a little island. All the critters were pretty cold without fire, so they tried to figure out how to get it. Everyone who could fly or swim wanted to be the first to bring back the fire, but no one was able to do it. The only one who could figure it out was little Water Spider, and from then on, everyone kept warm. This traditional Cherokee story is beautifully written, and Emerson’s illustrations of the animals—shivering, pondering, worrying, and joyous—are priceless.

 

 

Author: Marijo Moore (Cherokee)

Illustrations: Color illustrations by Anthony Chee Emerson (Diné)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2000

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Cherokee