American Indian Myths and Legends

American Indian Myths and Legends

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by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz, Ed Erdoes
     
 

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This magnificent collection gathers 160 tales from 80 tribal gathers to offer a rich and lively panorama of the Native American mythic heritage. From all across the continent come tales of creation and love, of heroes and war, of animals, tricksters, and the end of the world. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and master

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This magnificent collection gathers 160 tales from 80 tribal gathers to offer a rich and lively panorama of the Native American mythic heritage. From all across the continent come tales of creation and love, of heroes and war, of animals, tricksters, and the end of the world. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and master storyteller, Indian voices in the best folkloric sources of the nineteenth century to make this the most comprehensive and authentic volume of American Indian myths available anywhere.

With black-and-white drawings throughout
Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“We have nothing more universal than our folk myths, and in this book Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz have brought together what is probably the most comprehensive and diverse collection of American Indian Legends ever compiled. It is a worthy and welcomed addition to the literature of our native peoples”
—Dee Brown
 
“This fine, valuable new gathering of Turtle Island tales is truly alive, mysterious, and wonderful—overflowing, that is, with wonder, mystery and life.”
—Peter Matthiessen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394740188
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1985
Series:
Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library Series
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
138,161
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.34(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
“We have nothing more universal than our folk myths, and in this book Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz have brought together what is probably the most comprehensive and diverse collection of American Indian Legends ever compiled. It is a worthy and welcomed addition to the literature of our native peoples”
—Dee Brown
 
“This fine, valuable new gathering of Turtle Island tales is truly alive, mysterious, and wonderful - overflowing, that is, with wonder, mystery and life.”
—Peter Matthiessen

Meet the Author

Richard Erdoes is co-editor of American Indian Myths and Legends and the author of, among many other books, Lakota Woman; Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions; and Saloons of the Old West. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Alfonso Ortiz was a Native American scholar, anthropologist, activist and author. His works included, The Tewa World: Space, Time, Being and Becoming in a Pueblo Society.

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American Indian Myths and Legends 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK LIKE CRAZY. :) I'VE READ IT, LIKE A MILLION TIMES ALREADY. I LOVE ALL THE STORIES IN IT. SOME OF THEM WERE SO FUNNY, THAT THEY MADE ME CRY. :) I PLAN TO READ MOST OF THE STORIES IN THIS BOOK TO MY FUTURE CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN SOMEDAY. BUT WARNING TO ALL : THE STORY ENTITLED "COYOTE'S STRAWBERRY" IS PROBABLY NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AND THERE MAY BE A COUPLE MORE IN THERE THAT ARE MORE ADULT-CONTENT-ORIENTED, BUT I CAN'T REMEMBER THE EXACT ONES RIGHT NOW. IF YOU LIKE READING BEDTIME STORIES TO YOUR CHILDREN, AND/OR LIKE STORIES OR ANYTHING THAT'S AMERICAN-INDIAN ORIENTED, PERIOD, THEN I KNOW YOU'LL LOVE AND ENJOY THIS BOOK JUST AS MUCH AS I DO. A GREAT TRAVEL BOOK AS WELL. I NEVER LEAVE ANYWHERE WITHOUT IT. :) I HOPE THERE'S A SEQUEL BOOK OR A FOLLOW UP TO THIS BOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a really good book to sit and read I got so into this book that i lost time... hope you injoy this book like i do
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is divided into sections such as love stories, stories of creation, stories of spirits and ghosts of the dead, coyote stories and many more. The tribe from which the legend originated is also stated along with who told it and when. I absolutely enjoyed this book and have read it over and over again. This truly tops all the other Native American Myth and Legend books!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago