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Native American Storytelling: A Reader of Myths and Legends

Native American Storytelling: A Reader of Myths and Legends

Karl Kroeber (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-77716-9

Apr 2008

144 pages

$31.99

Description

The myths and legends in this book have been selected both for their excellence as stories and because they illustrate the distinctive nature of Native American storytelling.

  • A collection of Native American myths and legends.
  • Selected for their excellence as stories, and because they illustrate the distinctive nature of Native American storytelling.
  • Drawn from the oral traditions of all major areas of aboriginal North America.
  • Reveals the highly practical functions of myths and legends in Native American societies.
  • Illustrates American Indians’ profound engagement with their natural environment.
  • Edited by an outstanding interpreter of Native American oral stories.
List of Figures.

To The Reader.

Tewa.

1. “Where They Were Living Lived Laughing Warrior Girl. . . ”.

Kalispell.

2. “A Young Man (Rabbit) Lived With His Grandmother. One Day He Pitied Her. . .”.

Kathlamet.

3. “There Was A Chief Of A Town. His Relatives Live In Five Towns"".

Tillamook.

4. “Wild Woman Was Living Alone. Her Husband, High Class Crane, . . .”.

Sioux.

5. “A Man Lived With His Two Wives And A Brother. One Day The Brother. . .”.

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Origins.

Cherokee (A).

6. “In The Beginning There Was No Fire, And The World Was Cold, Until. . .”.

Gros Ventre.

7. “The People Before The Present People Were Wild. They Did Not Know. . .”.

Cherokee (B).

8. “When I Was A Boy This Is What The Old Men Told Me They Had Heard. . .”.

Seneca (A).

9. “A Long Time Ago Human Beings Lived High Up In What Is Now Called. . .”.

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Seneca (B).

10. “There Was A Lodge In The Forest Where Few People Ever Came. . .”.

Eskimo.

11. “Two Men Were Trappers. One Of Them Kept Catching A Lot Of Ground Hogs; . . .”.

Cherokee (C).

12. “Once When All The People Of The Settlement Were Out . . .”.

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Trickster.

Three Chinook-Wishram Coyote Tales.

13. “Coyote Heard About Two Women Who Had Fish. . .”.

14. “A Certain Old Man Was Sitting In The Trail With His Penis. . .”.

15. “Again Coyote Travelled Up The River. In The Water He Saw. . .”.

Clackamas (A).

16. “Coyote And His Five Children Lived There, Four Males, . . .”.

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Clackamas (B).

17. “They Lived There, Seal, Her Daughter, And Seal’s Younger Brother. . . .”.

Hopi.

18. “In Oraibi The People Were Living. At The West End Of The South Row. . .”.

Wintu.

19. “Long Ago There Came Into Being Some People Who Had Four Children,. . . ”.

Yana.

20. “‘ Now Dig For Roots. The Nuts Are Already Ripe – Let’s Climb. . .’”.

Navajo--Mountain Chant Myth.

21. “On The Morrow, When He Went Forth On His Hunt, His Father. . .”.

Blackfoot.

22. “‘There Are Two Bright Stars,’ Brings-Down-The-Sun Said, ‘That Sometimes. . .’.

Onondaga.

23. “Tall, Fierce, And Hostile, They Were A Powerful Tribe, The Stone Giants!”.

Further Reading.

Index


  • A collection of Native American myths and legends.

  • Selected for their excellence as stories, and because they illustrate the distinctive nature of Native American storytelling.

  • Drawn from the oral traditions of all major areas of aboriginal North America.

  • Reveals the highly practical functions of myths and legends in Native American societies.

  • Illustrates American Indians’ profound engagement with their natural environment.

  • Edited by an outstanding interpreter of Native American oral stories.