‘Wings of Iere’ by Doris Harper-wills Brings Folklore to Life With Legends of Yore

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New collection of stories and poems focus on the Amerindian oral tradition.

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If readers go online they can find video and film documentaries highlighting issues like the destruction of the rainforest, home of the indigenous people of South America. Now readers can also go on-line and find an added bonus – a book by Doris Harper-Wills: “The Wings of Iere: Amerindian Legends and Melodies” (published by Trafford Publishing).

Her focus is on the wee magical hummingbird of the South American rainforest, whom she calls Iere. Iere flies backwards into the past to bring stories and tunes from the Amerindian oral tradition tweaked and adapted for present day readers of all ages.

“The stories,” notes Harper-Wills, “include, ‘Legend of Okonorote,’ how the first people came to Earth (Guyana); ‘Legend of Raincloud,’ how the rainforest happened (Guyana); and, ‘Legend of the Lake,’ how tar got on the road (Trinidad).”

“The Wings of Iere: Amerindian Legends and Melodies” is replete with illustrated information on the Amerindians of Guyana, the Hummingbird and the Caribbean Islands. It is narrated in an innovative style, inviting repetitive and rhythmic reader participation.

The legends are cross-cultural. In the “Legend of Raincloud,” the Greek hermaphrodite star Hesperus/Venus converses with the Amerindian maiden Raincloud whose chariot has the Latin name Nimbus. In the “Legend of Mychoppa” the two formidable Greek characters that transmigrated are overcome with gluttony for the food and drink served by Orehu, the Amerindian Water Mother and her Singing Mermaids.

Every story is like a fable with lessons to learn: Do not covet thy neighbour’s goods; obsessions with possessions can destroy you and benefit others (Okonorote); every cloud has a silver lining; it’s an ill-wind that blows nobody any good (Raincloud); whom the gods wish to destroy, they first torture (Amalivaca); the course of true love never runs smooth; true love is more than biting time can sever (Mychoppa); he that humbleth himself shall be exalted (Ole Kaie); and, the wages of sin (killing, greed, gluttony…etc.) is death. (Legend of the Lake)

“The Wings of Iere” has been described as:

“Quite a beautiful book…the renditions of the myths, words and music…the illustrations add to the beauty of the layout and print.” - Jacqueline de Weever, Professor Emerita of Brooklyn College

“An essential resource for every primary and secondary school with a culturally diverse intake.” - John Craddock, Language Teacher in London

Wings of Iere
By Doris Harper-Wills
Softcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 172 pages | ISBN 9781466902497
E-Book | 172 pages | ISBN 9781466902497
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author

Doris Harper-Wills, originally from Guyana, South America, is an award-winning poet, composer and choreographer who teaches the history and culture of the Caribbean through her art forms. Her stories and songs have been performed at venues like the Billie Holiday Theater (New York), the Yukon Storytelling Festival (Canada), the Royal Festival Hall (London) and Canterbury Cathedral (Kent). They have also been documented for UNESCO, The EEC Project, BBC Radio and Television and the Queen’s Heritage Programme, among others.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.

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