Finding the Center: The Art of the Zuni Storyteller, Second Edition


This second edition features three new Zuni stories, updated transcriptions of stories from the original edition, a bibliography, and a new preface and introduction.
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This second edition features three new Zuni stories, updated transcriptions of stories from the original edition, a bibliography, and a new preface and introduction.
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Editorial Reviews


“A brilliant gathering of Zuni narrative poetry . . . Tedlock’s Zuni narrators seem like singers of some pueblo Beowulf, orchestrating oral traditions with voices they use like instruments.”—Newsweek
New York Times Book Review

“[An] extraordinarily impressive collection.”—New York Times Book Review
Harper's Magazine

“A genuine artistic breakthrough . . . Recapture[s] for us not only the communal spirit of the stories but also . . . at least some feeling of what it’s like to be a Zuni, something anthropological monographs can’t seem to tell us. . . . I know of no other retellings of traditional tales that move me to delight as these do.”—Harper’s Magazine
American Anthropologist

Tedlock’s book introduces into folklore an attempt to create a verbal notation of the speech dynamics of the original narrators. . . . The realization comes over one with a shock that our infatuation with story has, for all these years, obliterated all but the most rudimentary considerations of style.”—American Anthropologist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803244399
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 337
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Tedlock is James H. McNulty Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His books include Breath on the Mirror: Mythic Voices and Visions of the Living Maya.
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Table of Contents

Guide to Reading Aloud
The Boy and the Deer 1
The Hopis and the Famine 29
The Girl Who Took Care of the Turkeys 57
Suski Taap Silo / Coyote and Junco 65
The Girl and the Little Ahayuuta 75
The Women and the Man 125
The Sun Priest and the Witch-Woman 165
Pelt Kid and His Grandmother 215
The Shumeekuli 235
When Newness Was Made: Part I 243
Nick 285
When Newness Was Made: Part II 295
A Story Was Made 319
Bibliography 329
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