Spirits Dark and Light: Supernatural Tales from the Five Civilized Tribes

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Stories in which the world of the spirits and the natural world come together to relay lessons about life and values.

“You might see yellow knots on a floating backwater log,” Tingle cautions. “Better not reach for it, it might have teeth. Maybe it looks like a pile of leaves lying on the ground. Better not step on it, it might have fangs. Maybe it seems like a bunch of moss hanging from a tree limb. Better not touch it, it might have claws.” It might be Naloosa Falaya. Here, Tingle seamlessly weaves elements from traditional stories of the Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole peoples into tellings that are eerie, gruesome, frightening, poignant—and just plain satisfying. In these stories in which the world of the spirits and the natural world come together, terrible witches and conjurers stalk the careless, the dead offer advice to the living, greed is properly punished, and heroism takes many forms. Tingle’s flow and timing are superb. Young readers will feel like he’s talking directly to them. Wonderful for reading aloud at a campfire or in a darkened room.


Author: Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
Binding Availability: Hardcover only
Published: 2006
Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole