Living Ghosts and Mischievous Monsters by Dan Sasuweh Jones

Living Ghosts and Mischievous Monsters is a collection of 32 chilling American Indian stories assembled into five chapters: Ghosts, Spirits, Witches, Monsters, and The Supernatural. Written and selected by Dan Sasuweh Jones from the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, the book is artfully illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre from the Tongva tribe of Southern California.

From these stories, readers will learn that the spirit world, according to Indian culture, communicates with us by signs. Reading these signs may encourage us to carefully consider our future actions. Readers will also come to understand that languages, ceremonies, and governments can differ greatly from tribe to tribe and region to region, yet all tribes share the custom of storytelling. Every tribe is bonded by a common language, customs, beliefs, and legends unique to their place. These stories teach us to open our perception to the ancestral beliefs disclosed because there is a reason some stories are passed on through every generation—whether as cautionary tales or as teachers of morals and values.

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