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American Indian Trickster Tales
     

American Indian Trickster Tales

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by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
 

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Of all the characters in myths and legends told around the world, it's the wily trickster who provides the real spark in the action, causing trouble wherever he goes. This figure shows up time and again in Native American folklore, where he takes many forms, from the irascible Coyote of the Southwest, to Iktomi, the amorphous spider man of the Lakota tribe. This

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Of all the characters in myths and legends told around the world, it's the wily trickster who provides the real spark in the action, causing trouble wherever he goes. This figure shows up time and again in Native American folklore, where he takes many forms, from the irascible Coyote of the Southwest, to Iktomi, the amorphous spider man of the Lakota tribe. This dazzling collection of American Indian trickster tales, compiled by an eminent anthropologist and a master storyteller, serves as the perfect companion to their previous masterwork, American Indian Myths and Legends.

American Indian Trickster Tales includes more than one hundred stories from sixty tribes? many recorded from living storytellers?which are illustrated with lively and evocative drawings. These entertaining tales can be read aloud and enjoyed by readers of any age, and will entrance folklorists, anthropologists, lovers of Native American literature, and fans of both Joseph Campbell and the Brothers Grimm.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
This collection of tales is a treasure-house in which one can lose oneself joyfully. Like the earlier collaboration between these authors, American Indian Myths and Legends, the present volume presents the richness and diversity of Native traditions through a sampling from their vast reservoir of trickster tales. Ironic, energetic, often bawdy, they are the stuff of life itself. The range of characters includes, among others, lusty spider-man Iktomi of the Lakota, Raven in many manifestations from different traditions, Coyote of the southwest, and the baby Wasis who got the better of the great Glooskap himself. Not written primarily for a young audience, this volume nonetheless must take pride of place on the shelves of storytellers, librarians, retellers of folktales, and other adults who are simply lured by the magic of traditional story. Teachers seeking to demonstrate Native diversity and break stereotypical images will find it especially handy. An appendix lists Native tribal groups and provides brief basic historical and cultural information. Sources included.
Library Journal
Erdoes, an illustrator and author, and Ortiz, a recently deceased Tewa Pueblo and distinguished professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, have compiled this anthology as a sequel to American Indian Myths and Legends (LJ 11/15/84). Some 106 tales, each identified with its tribe of origin, are divided into 14 parts arranged by theme. Additional information about the various tribes is provided in the appendix, which is arranged alphabetically. Many of the tales are reprinted from other sources and are thus not original. In addition, they are presented as if they were children's stories, so unfortunately the richness of Native American delivery is lost. Still, this is an extremely useful compilation for those libraries with a limited amount of Native American literature. The sexual nature of some of the stories and illustrations make this title inappropriate for school libraries. Recommended for public and academic libraries.John Burch, Cumberland Coll. Lib., Williamsburg, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101174067
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
819,849
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Erdoes is an illustrator, photographer, and author of over twenty books on the American West, including the classics Lame Deer and Lakota Woman. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Richard Erdoes is an illustrator, photographer, and author of over twenty books on the American West, including the classics Lame Deer and Lakota Woman. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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American Indian Trickster Tales 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book by searching "American Indian" in the kids books and it is definitely NOT appropriate for children! Many of the stories have very explicit sexual content.