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The Secret Legacy

Menchú, Rigoberta (Book - 2008 )
The Secret Legacy
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Seven-year-old Ixkem is chosen by her grandfather amongst all the villagers to inherit the responsibility for tending his special cornfield. Ixkem goes to the field and begins to shout and stomp to frighten away the animals who would like to share the harvest. Suddenly a mass of tiny creatures appear -- the b'e'n -- secret animal spirits of which there is one for every human on earth. They take Ixkem into the underworld, where she tells them the amazing stories that her grandfather has told her. In exchange the b'e'n whisper a secret for her to take to her grandfather. Once he hears the secret, he is ready go to his final sleep in peace, knowing that the b'e'n and Ixkem have exchanged their knowledge and his legacy is secure.
Authors: Menchú, Rigoberta
Title: The secret legacy
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2008
Statement of Responsibility: Rigoberta Menchú with Dante Liano ; pictures by Domi ; translated by David Unger
Notes: Translation of: L'eredità segreta
Additional Contributors: Domi
Unger, David
Liano, Dante
ISBN: 0888998961
9780888998965
Branch Call Number: j 398.2089 M536s 2008
Subject Headings: Mayas Folklore Maya mythology Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Mayas
Maya mythology
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Seven-year-old Ixkem is chosen by her grandfather amongst all the villagers to inherit the responsibility for tending his special cornfield. Ixkem goes to the field and begins to shout and stomp to frighten away the animals who would like to share the harvest.


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