Legends of the Yosemite Miwok

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Read about the greed of His’-sik the Skunk, about how Ah-ha’-le the coyote created humans, and about the quarreling couple who became Half Dome and North Dome. For centuries these stories have instructed and entertained the Indians of Yosemite. Presented here in a form that represents, as closely as possible, the way they were traditionally told—and beautifully illustrated with the artwork of Maidu Indian Harry Fonseca—these stories offer an alternative, older way of ...
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Overview

Read about the greed of His’-sik the Skunk, about how Ah-ha’-le the coyote created humans, and about the quarreling couple who became Half Dome and North Dome. For centuries these stories have instructed and entertained the Indians of Yosemite. Presented here in a form that represents, as closely as possible, the way they were traditionally told—and beautifully illustrated with the artwork of Maidu Indian Harry Fonseca—these stories offer an alternative, older way of understanding a beloved American landscape.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781597140737
  • Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 8.49 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    Yokut Legends...NOT MIWOK.

    Regarding this book about 'Miwok' Tales. This quote below was taken from Handbook of the Yokut Indians by Frank Latta concerning the 'Miwok' tales: 'One very definte evidence that the Yokuts occupied the entire Delta Area is the series of folklore stores recorded by Dr. C. Hart Merriam, published in book form in 1910 and titled 'THE DAWN OF THE WORLD'. A number of these stories were obtained from self-styled Mewalk informants. But, with the exception of Mewalk names for the mythological characters, the accounts ARE AS IDENTICAL with the Yokuts accounts as variant Yokuts statements are among themselves. I recorded an identical myth (see Dawn of the World, page 45) from George Rivercomb, half blooded Chuckhansi Yokuts, who credited it to Chowchilla Yokuts of the Lower Chowchilla and Fresno Rivers. In the 1930s, when I interviewed Dr. Merriam at his summer home near Lagunitas, this state, we discussed this at length. He had studied the area more and had CHANGED HIS OPINION AS TO THE RANGE OF THE YOKUTS and was more of the opinion of Drs. A. L. Kroeber and J. P. Harrington, who attributed THE ENTIRE Delta area to the Yokuts. Also, Merriam, 1910, 67 in his 'BIRTH OF WEK-WEK AND THE CREATION OF MAN', gives more definate evidence. This last was credited to a 'Hool-poom-ne Mewuk' tribe. DEFINITELY, THIS WAS A YOKUTS TRIBE. Merriam placed the creation center of the Hool-poom-ne (Hulpumne) and the home of the Creator, Mol-luk (Condor), ON MOUNT DIABLO (Oo-yum Be-le). Exept for the fact that Merriam's 'MEWUK' informants used Mewalk names for the principal characters, THIS IS A STOCK YOKUTS STORY. Other Merriam accounts of folklore along the Sierra foothills WERE INVOLVED IN THE SAME TRIBAL MIXUP....' This was page on 89 and 90 of Mr. Latta's book, which means that 'Miwok' stories and myths are really Yokut stories and NOT Miwok. It seems that C. Hart Merriam who wrote those 'Miwok' tales conceded to Frank Latta that he had been mistaken and that the 'Miwok' he wrote about were really Yokut tales. Merriam is the same guy who wrote the Miwok place names of Yosemite. It seems he was getting the wrong information and conceded this to Frank Latta the author of the Handbook of the Yokuts. These Yokut tales actually came from over 200 miles aways from western San Joaquin Valley when Yokuts were rounded up and forced to the eastern foothills. So interestingly the 'Miwok' Legends are NOT Miwok, but they are really YOKUT TALES.

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