Every 9 August, the international community commemorates Indigenous Peoples Day. It is important that in this globalized, seemingly monocolored world, your children know other realities. A way to do this by knowing the tales and legends, which these peoples have passed through generations.
As mothers, and even if we do not belong to these indigenous cultures, we must value the importance of these indigenous communities. Most of these cultures have a worldview much more in keeping with nature than we Europeans have. On the other hand it is important that when consuming your products, your handicrafts, remember that every piece of fabric, fabric or art produced by an indigenous person or community, there is a history and personal experience.
68 voices, 68 hearts, indigenous tales of Mexico
Mexico is surely one of the most ethnically rich States in America. Thanks to the Conversions grant from the Mexican government’s National Fund for Culture and Arts, the project 68 voices — 68 heartscame to light. This is a series of cartoons of Mexican indigenous stories narrated in their native language. Although the audio is in the original languages, it has subtitles in Spanish.
On the same page of the project you can click and see with your children each of the stories in which issues such as: friendship, respect for the elders, care for the earth, the origin of the universe, The aim of telling these 68 stories was to resignify the indigenous word and eliminate the discrimination. In addition to becoming a tool to conserve the wealth represented by all indigenous peoples (in this case in Mexico) beyond clichés and stereotypes. The stories have been screened in more than 15 countries and in more than 60 national and international festivals.
Currently, 364 linguistic variants are spoken in Mexico, classified into 68 groups and 11 linguistic families. At least half of these are in a state of accelerated extinction.
Indigenous legends of the world
There are thousands of indigenous communities on earth, who are the native inhabitants of the territories. They are guardians of ancestral wisdom that they have been transmitting. In many libraries, libraries and the internet you can find different collections of them.
We have compiled some titles, which are short so you can read them to your children, or have them do it themselves! The interesting thing about indigenous legends is that we can discover that many of their lessons are still the same or more current than before.
This compilation of indigenous legends are from Central America, South America, and Northern Europe. Here are some of these titles and their theme:
- The horticulturist child (nahuatl) It is a legend about the importance of the field and how we should value those who cultivate it.
- The wolf Astur (Inuit, Greenland). A simple lesson of resilience and respect from the cold steppes of Greenland.
- Nahuel and the lost man (Mapuche, Chile). A lesson about how animals and humans are brothers among whom empathy and solidarity can flow.
- Legend of yerba mate (Guarani, Paraguay). Sharing a drink can be a way to consolidate the community.
Selection of indigenous stories
In case these stories have seemed little to you, we will continue to recommend other compilations of stories that you can ask about. These are no longer for such young children, but you can give them away or encourage reading to children from the age of 12, and teens.
There is a collection of Marvelous Tales Library, in which you will be able to find myths and folk tales from Ecuador, Argentina, Ireland, and in addition, Egypt, Jewish stories, native peoples from North America, African indigenous peoples…
Specifically of these African indigenous peoples, René Basset, published 170 stories. The book is sorted by language groups, and the stories come from all regions of Africa, from the Mediterranean coast to Cape of Good Hope, and from the Indian Ocean to those of the Atlantic. This anthology faithfully reflects the values, lifestyles, beliefs and material culture of different African peoples, before their colonization by white man.
Most of the indigenous stories are brief, and with their reading they contribute to a better understanding of the great spiritual richness of the planet we inhabit.