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Little Deer and Mother Earth



In this story, humans are killing too many of their animal relatives, threatening the delicate balance of nature. Marilou Awiakta, of Cherokee/Appalachian heritage, tells how the animals take defensive action. The story, from Program 7 of the KET series Telling Tales, illustrates the Native American principle of “taking only what you need with respect and gratitude.”

Suggested Uses:

  • Use with a study of Native American culture/history—the Cherokee people, in particular—and the function of stories in these cultures.
  • Use in conjunction with a science unit on interdependence and balance in nature.
  • Show to kick off a conservation campaign.

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