Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest [NOOK Book]

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These collected myths of Indian tribes in California and the Southwest were first published in 1912 and are introduced in this Bison Book edition by Peter Iverson. Here are the Zuni, Pima, Paiute, Shastika, and Miwok stories of the creation of the universe, animals, and humans. They tell of good and evil, the entrance of death into the world, great floods and fire, and the origins of names. Also included are fables, rain songs, the Paiute song of the Ghost Dance, and legends of ...
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Overview

These collected myths of Indian tribes in California and the Southwest were first published in 1912 and are introduced in this Bison Book edition by Peter Iverson. Here are the Zuni, Pima, Paiute, Shastika, and Miwok stories of the creation of the universe, animals, and humans. They tell of good and evil, the entrance of death into the world, great floods and fire, and the origins of names. Also included are fables, rain songs, the Paiute song of the Ghost Dance, and legends of Yosemite Valley.

We find here the Zuni legends of Corn Maidens and the Navajo tale of the boy who became a god. Coyote in his guises as trickster, benefactor, and dupe appears prominently in the myths of the Achomawis, Gallinomeros, Miwoks, Nishinams, Pimas, Ashochimis, Karoks, Paiutes, and Sias (Zia Pueblos). Here, too, are such creators and destroyers as Old Mole, Spider, Snake, Measuring Worm, Raven, and Macaw, and a host of anthropomorphized animals and natural forces.

First published in 1912, these collected myths tell of good and evil, the entrance of death into the world, great floods and fire, and the origins of names. Also included are fables, rain songs, the Paiute song of the Ghost Dance, and legends of Yosemite Valley. Illustrations.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940026987818
  • Publisher: A. C. McClurg
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1912 volume
  • File size: 188 KB

Meet the Author

Katharine Berry Judson was a professor of history at the University of Washington who also compiled and edited Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest. Peter Iverson provides an updated view of her work in his introduction. He is a professor of history at Arizona State University, Tempe, and the author of The Navajo Nation and The Navajos.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Bison Book Edition 1
The Beginning of Newness - Zuni (New Mexico) 19
The Men of the Early Times - Zuni (New Mexico) 24
Creation and Longevity - Achomawi (Pit River, Cal.) 26
Old Mole's Creation - Shastika (Cal.) 27
The Creation of the World - Pima (Arizona) 29
Spider's Creation - Sia (New Mexico) 32
The Gods and the Six Regions 36
How Old Man Above Created the World - Shastika (Cal.) 37
The Search for the Middle and the Hardening of the World - Zuni (New Mexico) 39
Origin of Light - Gallinomero (Russian River, Cal.) 47
Pokoh, the Old Man - Pai Ute (near Kern River, Cal.) 48
Thunder and Lightning - Maidu (near Sacramento Valley, Cal.) 50
Creation of Man - Miwok (San Joaquin Valley, Cal.) 51
The First Man and Woman - Nishinam (near Bear River, Cal.) 54
Old Man Above and the Grizzlies - Shastika (Cal.) 55
The Creation of Man-kind and the Flood - Pima (Arizona) 58
The Birds and the Flood - Pima (Arizona) 62
Legend of the Flood - Ashochimi (Coast Indians, Cal.) 63
The Great Flood - Sia (New Mexico) 64
The Flood and the Theft of Fire - Tolowa (Del Norte Co., Cal.) 68
Legend of the Flood in Sacramento Valley - Maidu (near Sacramento Valley, Cal.) 70
The Fable of the Animals - Karok (near Klamath River, Cal.) 72
Coyote and Sun - Pai Ute (near Kern River, Cal.) 75
The Course of the Sun - Sia (New Mexico) 77
The Foxes and the Sun - Yurok (near Klamath River, Cal.) 80
The Theft of Fire - Karok (near Klamath River, Cal.) 81
The Theft of Fire - Sia (New Mexico) 83
The Earth-hardening after the Flood - Sia (New Mexico) 85
The Origins of the Totems and of Names - Zuni (New Mexico) 88
Traditions of Wanderings - Hopi (Arizona) 89
The Migration of the Water People - Walpi (Arizona) 92
Coyote and the Mesquite Beans - Pima (Arizona) 94
Origin of the Sierra Nevadas and Coast Range - Yokuts (near Fresno, Cal.) 95
Yosemite Valley and its Indian Names 97
Legend of Tu-tok-a-nu-la (El Capitan) - Yosemite Valley 100
Legend of Tis-se-yak (South Dome and North Dome) - Yosemite Valley 102
Historic Tradition of the Upper Tuolumne - Yosemite Valley 104
California Big Trees - Pai Ute (near Kern River, Cal.) 106
The Children of Cloud - Pima (Arizona) 107
The Cloud People - Sia (New Mexico) 110
Rain Song - Sia (New Mexico) 113
Rain Song 114
Rain Song - Sia (New Mexico) 115
The Corn Maidens - Zuni (New Mexico) 116
The Search for the Corn Maidens - Zuni (New Mexico) 120
Hasjelti and Hostjoghon - Navajo (New Mexico) 132
The Song-hunter - Navajo (New Mexico) 134
Sand Painting of the Song-hunter - Navajo 137
The Guiding Duck and the Lake of Death - Zuni (New Mexico) 140
The Boy who Became a God - Navajo (New Mexico) 144
Origin of Clear Lake - Patwin (Sacramento Valley, Cal.) 151
The Great Fire - Patwin (Sacramento Valley, Cal.) 152
Origin of the Raven and the Macaw - Zuni (New Mexico) 154
Coyote and the Hare - Sia (New Mexico) 157
Coyote and the Quails - Pima (Arizona) 160
Coyote and the Fawns - Sia (New Mexico) 162
How the Bluebird Got its Color - Pima (Arizona) 164
Coyote's Eyes - Pima (Arizona) 166
Coyote and the Tortillas - Pima (Arizona) 168
Coyote as a Hunter - Sia (New Mexico) 170
How the Rattlesnake Learned to Bite - Pima (Arizona) 175
Coyote and the Rattlesnake - Sia (New Mexico) 178
Origin of the Saguaro and Palo Verde Cacti - Pima (Arizona) 182
The Thirsty Quails - Pima (Arizona) 184
The Boy and the Beast - Pima (Arizona) 185
Why the Apaches are Fierce - Pima (Arizona) 187
Speech on the Warpath - Pima (Arizona) 188
The Spirit Land - Gallinomero (Russian River, Cal.) 192
Song of the Ghost Dance - Pai Ute (near Kern River, Cal.) 193
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    THIS A LIE!!!!!!

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