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Stories by Grandmother Twylah Hurd Nitsch

This interesting CD of magical stories by Grandmother Twylah Hurd Nitsch of The Wolfclan Teaching Lodge, with occasional background Native American music, tells how the Seneca Iroquois Indian Clans got their names. There are eight clans named after the birds and animals that made them aware of their connection to all life given to them by Great Spirit. Hawk Clan was established in honour of the Hawk who helped Big Arrow, a proud and arrogant warrior, who learnt to live with and respect all other creatures of the Earth. Snipe Clan came into being to represent the spiritual inspiration, discipline and humility shown to them by the noble bird. Beaver Clan was shown by the Beavers who helped them, that listening to others and respecting their talents strengthens friendship. Turtle Clan came about in honour of the ‘thoughtful purpose’ shown by the Turtles who assisted a wounded Seneca boy. Wolf Clan’s name was taken to honour the animal that represents Earth Law, and the message that loving harmony creates protection. Bear Clan took the name of the animal that represents brotherly love and serving the community through loyalty. Deer Clan took the name of the creatures that brought the message of endurance and working with grace and agility to them from Great Spirit. Heron Clan learnt the lesson of fertilization and sharing balance with Nature, from the majestic bird.

As the pace of the stories is very leisurely and clear, I think they would be suitable for children of 7 to listen to, and enjoyed by anyone interested in Native American culture. They are more gentle than European fairy stories but I believe it is better to hear only one story at a time and not listen to the entire CD in one go, as it is a little hypnotic!

Review by Jane Stewart Adams

Produced by WCTL Productions, Orange Park, FL, USA for Seneca Indian Historical Society


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