A World of Turtles: A Literary Celebration by Gregory McNamee, Luis Alberto Urrea

By Gregory McNamee, Luis Alberto Urrea

Now we have continuously enjoyed turtles, and we now have frequently suspected them of loving us. an international of Turtles, which gathers literary sightings of turtles over again and again and plenty of cultures, celebrates the long-standing position of those creatures within the human mind's eye. throughout our background we have now attributed significantly anthropomorphic values to turtles—as this anthology will verify. clever, droll, vibrant, cautious, accountable, severe, and wise are evoked, but in addition, by some means, noble, steadfast, loving. Turtles are consistent symbols of energy, persistence, patience, and lengthy existence. but, for us, from adolescence via maturity, they're perpetual resources of pleasure as good With writings from Aesop to Melville, and folklore from the Abenaki to the Wagarra, a global of Turtles is an anthology of literary, folkloric, and medical decisions approximately turtles and tortoises, compiled from historic, smooth, and modern resources. It seems to be at those loved creatures from each attainable human point of view, revealing them (and us) of their many guises.

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The two started off together. The tortoise kept on Page 35 plodding along, not once stopping, at a slow and steady pace to the end of the course. The hare, lying down on a soft patch of grass to catch its breath, fell fast asleep. When he awoke, he saw the tortoise crossing the finish line far ahead. translated by Gregory McNamee Page 36 How the Terrapin Beat the Rabbit Cherokee folktale This Cherokee story, collected by the folklorist Harold Mooney in the 1890s, is probably an adaptation of the previous Aesopian fable, although it introduces some unmistakably Native American elements.

They stagger to and fro like Page 44 scaly sumo wrestlers, the dust kicked up into little clouds around them, while the subject of their adoration gazes at their passionate endeavors, showing about as much excitement and enthusiasm as a plum pudding. Finally, one or the other of the suitors gets his weapon in the right position and skidding along and heaving madly, he at last overturns his opponent. Then, he turns and lumbers over to gain his just reward from the female, while the vanquished tortoise, with much leg-waving and effort, rights himself and wanders dispiritedly away.

He's still er-crawlin' erround. Anything that can crawl cain't be daid. " Uncle Toby smoked his pipe in silence a long time, while he carefully weighed all the facts in the case; then he gave his decision in slow and carefully chosen words. "Now, boys, hit's jes' like dis. " Page 15 Turtle-Catching Medicine Tule Indian song The Tule Indians of Panama sing this medicine song before hunting turtles. I am going to shoot a little bird, Sarwiwisopi, that can tame the turtle, Now I bring it home and hide it, Then put it in a little clay stove until it burns to ashes; I am mixing the ashes with red medicine, From the juice of a certain tree I make this medicine; I am cutting a little round gourd in two, cutting off the top very neatly, With my knife I scrape the inside of the gourd, Scrape it smooth and clean like a cup; I put the medicine into this cup- Ashes of the little bird and red tree-juice, Now I tie the cover on tightly, Put it in my trunk and tell nobody.

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