Karuk Indian Myths (Classic Reprint)

Karuk Indian Myths (Classic Reprint)

by John P. Harrington
     
 

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Indian myths are valuable as literature in direct proportion to the faithfulness to the old style Indian linguistic form in which they are told. Volumes of mythology distorted by being told loosely in English will be of only secondary usefulness in the future, when ethnology and mythology have become more exacting sciences. The only

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Excerpt from Karuk Indian Myths

Indian myths are valuable as literature in direct proportion to the faithfulness to the old style Indian linguistic form in which they are told. Volumes of mythology distorted by being told loosely in English will be of only secondary usefulness in the future, when ethnology and mythology have become more exacting sciences. The only proper method for recording mythology is to obtain the services of a good mythologist and then to take down syllable by syllable in his own language, with unrestrained literary freedom, the story as he tells it, and as nearly as possible as he heard it from those a little farther back in the lines of elders.

These ideal conditions were fulfilled in the following series of texts. Caught exactly as naturally dictated by Mrs. Phoebe Maddux, Indian name Imkyánva'an, meaning Wild Sunflower Greens Gatherer, 65-year-old full-blood Indian woman of the Karuk Tribe of northwestern California, they not only constitute Karuk as it is spoken and narrated, but Karuk literature, which when its syllables are analyzed and the exquisite force and balance of the elements appreciated, ranks well with the literature of any language.

The Karuk, whose name means "upriver" Indians, hold a stretch of the central course of the Klamath, the most like the Columbia River of any of Californias streams. Along the banks of the central Klamath lived the Karuks, their villages of rows of well-built plank houses hugging the stream. Here they knew and named every rock and pool by the river, every gully and fallen tree upslope.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781332235384
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
08/05/2015
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
1,045,843
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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