Foklore of the Winnebago Tribe

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The oral tradition of the Winnebago, or Ho-Chunk, people ranges from creation myths to Trickster stories and histories of the tribe. It is particularly strong in animal tales, as storyteller and tribal historian David Lee Smith vividly demonstrates in Folklore of the Winnebago Tribe, a collection drawn from the Smithsonian Institution and other sources, including the work of contemporaries. Smith himself contributes fourteen tales.

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Norman 1997 Hardcover 224 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. NATIVE AMERICANS. The oral tradition of the Winnebago, or Ho-Chunk, people ranges from creation myths ... to Trickster stories and histories of the tribe. It is particularly strong in animal tales, as storyteller and tribal historian David Lee Smith vividly demonstrates in Folklore of the Winnebago Tribe, a collection drawn from the Smithsonian Institution and other sources, including the work of contemporaries. Smith himself contributes fourteen tales. In the book we meet relatively recent characters such as Ho-poe-kaw (Glory-of-the-Morning), the famed and formidable woman chief who battled many other tribes as well as whites, threw historic alliances into disarray, and-although she often discomfited the French-married a Frenchman. We also encounter traditional figures, Trickster, talking dogs, Eagle, Owl, and Rabbit, moving through the chronicles of these Woodland people who stemmed from the Great Lakes region. The tales incorporat Read more Show Less

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Overview

The oral tradition of the Winnebago, or Ho-Chunk, people ranges from creation myths to Trickster stories and histories of the tribe. It is particularly strong in animal tales, as storyteller and tribal historian David Lee Smith vividly demonstrates in Folklore of the Winnebago Tribe, a collection drawn from the Smithsonian Institution and other sources, including the work of contemporaries. Smith himself contributes fourteen tales.

In the book we meet relatively recent characters such as Ho-poe-kaw (Glory-of-the-Morning), the famed and formidable woman chief who battled many other tribes as well as whites, threw historic alliances into disarray, and - although she often discomfited the French - married a Frenchman. We also encounter traditional figures, Trickster, talking dogs, Eagle, Owl, and Rabbit, moving through the chronicles of these Woodland people who stemmed from the Great Lakes region. The tales incorporate both the visionary and the down-to-earth. Some are deeply moving. Some, reflecting earlier items, are full of violence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806129761
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/1997
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lee Smith is Director of Indian Studies at Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Nebraska, and Tribal Historian of the Winnebago Tribal of Nebraska.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Ma-ona and the Creation of the World 13
Origin Story of the Winnebago Clans 15
Origin of the Winnebago Chief 17
The Origin of the Thunderbird Clan and of Their Spirit Abode 18
Origin Story of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin 25
The Migration of the Ho-Chunk People 26
The Origin of the Big Dipper and Little Dipper 28
Wak'djunk'aga the Eagle 33
Wak'djunk'aga and Marriage 35
The Trickster and Red Ant 36
Wak'djunk'aga Learns a Lesson in Niceness 37
Wak'djunk'aga's Quest for Food 38
Wak'djunk'aga and the Car 40
Wak'djunk'aga and the Ducks 42
Turtle Trying to Get Credit: A Tale 46
The Ho-Chunk Boy Who Fasted Too Much 59
The Story of Watequka and His Brothers 61
A Winnebago Myth 64
The Captive Boy 83
The Rabbit and the Grasshoppers 86
Selfish Woman 88
Winnebago Names 90
The Journey 91
How Skunks Came to Be 93
Why the Owl Hunts at Night 94
The Greedy Ones 95
Why Spider Has Eight Eyes 96
How Fire Came to the Winnebagos 97
How Valleys and Ravines Came to Be 100
The Morning Star 105
The Dogs of the Chief's Son 111
The Dog That Became a Panther 116
How the Two Divisions of the Winnebagos Came Together 119
The Man Who Visited the Thunderbirds 127
The Orphan Boy Who Was Captured by the Bad Thunderbirds 145
Legend 149
The Legend of the Bear Clan 150
Ma-ona, the Thunder-beings, and the Young Hunter 152
The Legend of Ho-poe-kaw 155
How Gray-Wolf Became Guardian of the World 158
The Evening Star 161
Little-Sister Brings Darkness over the Earth 166
Ha-ga and the Ice Giants 169
The Chief's Journey into the Spiritland to Bring Back His Wife 173
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