Mythology of Native North America

Overview

Most North Americans experience mythology by way of translations of classical texts, and surprisingly few of us are familiar with Coyote, Spider Woman, Water Jar boy, Falling Sky Woman, or the epic of the Blessingway - to name just a few of the stories retold in this collection of significant myths of Native North America.

David Leeming and Jake Page, building on the success of their Goddess: Myths of the Female Divine and God: Myths of the Male Divine, have provided an ...

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Overview

Most North Americans experience mythology by way of translations of classical texts, and surprisingly few of us are familiar with Coyote, Spider Woman, Water Jar boy, Falling Sky Woman, or the epic of the Blessingway - to name just a few of the stories retold in this collection of significant myths of Native North America.

David Leeming and Jake Page, building on the success of their Goddess: Myths of the Female Divine and God: Myths of the Male Divine, have provided an introduction and commentary on seventy-two myths drawn from a variety of cultures and language groups. They honor the Native pantheons, cosmologies, heroes, and heroines first as cultural expressions, then as variations on other mythic narratives to which they may be related, and ultimately as expressions of the larger human experience of mythmaking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806132396
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 881,301
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

David Leeming is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Jake Page is the coauthor of Wild Justice: The People of Geronimo V. the United States, also published by University of Oklahoma Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Pantheons 15
Native American Deities 16
World Parents 18
The Great Goddess 22
The Supreme God 40
Other Deity Types 46
The Trickster 46
The Dying God or Goddess 60
Lesser Gods and Spirits 70
Pt. 2 Cosmos 73
Creation 74
The Earth-Diver Creation 77
Emergence Creation 89
Other Types of Creation 99
The Flood 104
The Afterlife 114
The End of the World 135
Pt. 3 Heroes and Heroines 145
Heroes 148
The Culture Hero 149
The Twins 153
The Quest 158
The Search for the Father 163
The Wicked Parent 165
Monster-Slayer Trickster 166
The Quest for Love 177
The Savior Hero 179
Heroines 186
The Heroine and the Family 186
The Heroine as Savior 187
Bibliography 191
Index 201
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