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Ancient Hawaiians lived in a world where all of nature was alive with the spirits of their ancestors. These `aumakua have lived on through the ages as family guardians and take on many natural forms, thus linking many Hawaiians to the animals, plants, and natural phenomena of their island home. Individuals have a reciprocal relationship with their guardian spirits and offer worship and sacrifice in return for protection, inspiration, and guidance.
Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits is told in words and pictures by award-winning artist Caren Loebel-Fried. The ancient legends are brought to life in sixty beautiful block prints, many vibrantly colored, and narrated in a lively "read-aloud" style, just as storytellers of old may have told them hundreds of years ago. Notes are included, reflecting the careful and extensive research done for this volume at the Bishop Museum Library and Archives in Honolulu and at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. A short section on the process of creating the block prints that illustrate the book is also included.
"Volcano artist Loebel-Fried, who both 'retells' these tales and created the way-cool block prints that illustrate this handsome book, delves into the fascinating legends of Hawaiian `aumakua, or creatures who watch over us." Honolulu Star Bulletin, November 2002
Ancient Hawaiian legends are brought to life in sixty beautiful block prints, many vibrantly colored, and narrated in a lively "read-aloud" style, just as storytellers of old may have told them hundreds of years ago.
Table of Contents
'Ulu, the breadfruit: Gift of Ku -- Sacred tree -- Notes on the 'Ulu -- Kolea, the plover: Warning from the god of the plover -- Mano, the shark: Legend of the little green shark; the journey -- Legend of the little green shark; the coming of the sharks -- Legend of the little green shark; the birth of Pakaiea -- Notes on the Mano -- Ipu, the gourd: Twins of the gourd -- Notes on the Ipu -- Pueo, the owl: Seven eggs -- Under the wings of Pueo -- Notes on the Pueo -- About block prints.