Mythology of North America: Introduction to Classic Native American Gods, Heroes and Tricksters

Mythology of North America: Introduction to Classic Native American Gods, Heroes and Tricksters

by John Bierhorst
     
 

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The growing economic and political influence of Native American tribes has brought religious issues, once little noted, increasingly to the fore. Timeless in their basic structures, the continent's principal myths are now emerging as sacred histories that have contemporary significance. In this wide-ranging volume, John Bierhorst carefully delineates eleven

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The growing economic and political influence of Native American tribes has brought religious issues, once little noted, increasingly to the fore. Timeless in their basic structures, the continent's principal myths are now emerging as sacred histories that have contemporary significance. In this wide-ranging volume, John Bierhorst carefully delineates eleven mythological regions -- from the Arctic to the Southwest and from California to the East Coast -- presenting the gods, heroes, and primary myths of each area. First published in 1985, this indispensable guide has been updated to reflect the latest scholarship in Native studies. In a new Afterword, Bierhorst describes the recent impact of ancient myths in the arena of American Indian affairs and shows how Native Americans have successfully used mythology as oral evidence to reclaim land rights and repatriate grave goods. Citing specific cases, he shows how new legislation and changing attitudes "have provided a basis for bringing myth to the negotiating table and into the courtroom." Detailed maps show tribal locations and the distribution of key stories. Indian artworks illustrate the texts and samples of differing narrative styles add enrichment, as some of the world's purest and most powerful myths are made more accessible -- and more meaningful -- than ever before.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688066666
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/19/1986
Edition description:
1st Quill edition
Pages:
259
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

John Bierhorst, author of many acclaimed works about Native American cultures, lives in West Shokan, New York.Z

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