Creation Myths Of Primitive America

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Native American mythology shows vestiges of religious concepts already old when the Egyptians evolved their form of worship. This volume offers an unusual collection of myths from two Native American cultures, the Wintu and Yana, recorded and translated in the 1880s by Jeremiah Curtin, one of the outstanding American linguists of the later 19th century. Because Curtin sought out storytellers who were not influenced by other cultures, his translations offer remarkably accurate ...

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Overview

Native American mythology shows vestiges of religious concepts already old when the Egyptians evolved their form of worship. This volume offers an unusual collection of myths from two Native American cultures, the Wintu and Yana, recorded and translated in the 1880s by Jeremiah Curtin, one of the outstanding American linguists of the later 19th century. Because Curtin sought out storytellers who were not influenced by other cultures, his translations offer remarkably accurate accounts of the fundamental beliefs of Native Americans.

In his introduction, Curtin explains the profound antiquity of these myths of creation, which preserve some of the earliest religious expression. He also provides an unflinching account of the appalling genocidal attacks on the peaceful Yana by white Californians in the 1860s. Because the Yana became extinct, Curtin's rendering of some of their important myths is an especially valuable contribution to contemporary understanding of Native American mythology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576079393
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/5/2002
  • Series: Classic Folk and Fairy Tales Series
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to Jeremiah Curtin: Creation Myths of Primitive America
Introduction
Olelbis 1
Olelbis and Mem Loimis 28
Norwan 37
Tulchuherris 66
Sedit and the Two Brothers Hus 89
Hawt 97
Norwanchakus and Keriha 116
Kele and Sedit 134
Kol Tibichi 146
The Winning of Halai Auna at the House of Tuina 153
The Hakas and the Tennas 161
Ilhataina 169
Hitchinna 175
Tirukala 181
Sukonia's Wives and the Ichpul Sisters 188
The Finding of Fire 194
Haka Kaina 198
Tirrindi Maupa and Paiowa, the Youngest Daughter of Wakara 206
The Two Sisters, Haka Lasi and Tsore Jowa 215
The Dream of Juiwaiyu and His Journey to Damhauja's Country 224
The Flight of Tsanunewa and Defeat of Hehku 235
The First Battle in the World and the Making of the Yana 247
Notes 259
Index 287
About the Editor 299
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