Myths of the Cherokee [NOOK Book]

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Comprehensive selection of 126 myths, including sacred stories, animal myths, local legends, wonder stories, historical traditions and miscellaneous myths and legends. Also, extensive background on Cherokee history, notes on the myths, parallels between Cherokee and other myths, much more. 20 maps and illustrations.
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Comprehensive selection of 126 myths, including sacred stories, animal myths, local legends, wonder stories, historical traditions and miscellaneous myths and legends. Also, extensive background on Cherokee history, notes on the myths, parallels between Cherokee and other myths, much more. 20 maps and illustrations.
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Anthropologist James Mooney (1861-1921) spent much of his life studying American Indians, living for several years with a group of Cherokee while studying their language, culture, and mythology. This volume (first published in 1900) is the result, comprising 126 Cherokee sacred stories, animal myths, and local legends, as well as extensive background information and history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • BN ID: 2940020317383
  • Publisher: Washington :, G.P.O.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1902 volume
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

I Introduction
II Historical sketch of the Cherokee
    The traditionary period
    The period of Spanish exploration-1540-?
    The Colonial and Revolutionary period-1654-1784
    Relations with the United States
      From the first treaty to the Removal-1785-1838
      The Removal-1838-1839
      The Arkansas band-1817-1838
      The Texas band-1817-1900
      The Cherokee Nation of the West-1840-1900
      The East Cherokee-1838-1900
III Notes to the historical sketch
IV Stories and story-tellers
V The myths
    Cosmogonic myths
    1. How the world was made
    2. The first fire
    3. Kana'ti and Selu: Origin of corn and game
    4. Origin of disease and medicine
    5. The Daughter of the Sun: Origin of death
    6. How they brought back the Tobacco
    7. The journey to the sunrise
    8. The Moon an the Thunders
    9. What the Stars are like
    10. Origin of the Pleiades and the Pine
    11. The milky way
    12. Origin of strawberries
    13. The Great Yellow-jacket: Origin of fish and frogs
    14. The Deluge
    Quadruped myths
    15. The four-footed tribes
    16. The Rabbit goes duck hunting
    17. How the Rabbit stole the Otter's coat
    18. Why the Possum's tail is bare
    19. How the Wildcat caught the turkeys
    20. How the Terrapin beat the Rabbit
    21. The Rabbit and the tar wolf
    22. The Rabbit and the Possum after a wife
    23. The Rabbit dines the Bear
    24. The Rabbit escapes from the wolves
    25. Flint visits the Rabbit
    26. How the Deer got his horns
    27. Why the Deer's teeth are blunt
    28. What became of the Rabbit
    29. Why the Mink smells
    30. Why the Mole lives under ground
    31. The Terrapin's escape from 'the wolves
    32. Origin of the Groundhog dance: The Groundhog's head
    33. The migration of the animals
    34. The Wolf's revenge: The Wolf and the Dog
  Bird myths
    35. The bird tribes
    36. The ball game of the birds and animals
    37. How the Turkey got his beard
    38. Why the Turkey gobbles
    39. How the Kingfisher got his bill
    40. How the Partridge got his whistle
    41. How the Redbird got his color
    42. The Pheasant beating corn: The Pheasant dance
    43. The race between the Crane and the Humming-bird
    44. The Owl gets married
    45. The Huhu gets married
    46. Why the Buzzard's head is bare
    47. The Eagle's revenge
    48. The Hunter an the Buzzard
  "Snake, fish, and insect myths"
    49. The snake tribe
    50. The Uktena and the Ulûñsû´ti
    51. Âgan-Uni´tsi's search for the Uktena
    52. The Red Man and the Uktena
    53. The Hunter and the Uksu´hi
    54. The Ustû´tli
    55. The Uw'tsûñ´ta
    56. The Snake Boy
    57. The Snake Man
    58. The Rattlesnake's vengeance
    59. "The smaller reptiles, fishes, and insects"
    60. Why the Bullfrog's head is striped
    61. The Bullfrog lover
    62. The Katydid's warning
  Wonder stories
    63. "Ûñtsaiyi´, the Gambler"
    64. The nest of the Tla´nuwa
    65. The Hunter and the Tla´nuwa
    66. "U'tlûñ´ta, the Spear-finger"
    67. "Nûñ´yunu´wi, the stone man"
    68. The Hunter in the Dakwa´
    69. "Atagâ´hi, the enchanted lake"
    70. The Bride from the south
    71. The Ice Man
    72. The Hunter and Selu
    73. The underground panthers
    74. The Tsundige´wi
    75. Origin of the Bear: The Bear songs
    76. The Bear Man
    77. The Great Leech of Tlanusi´yi
    78. The Nûñne´hi and other spirit folk
    79. The removed townhouses
    80. The spirit defenders of Nikwasi´
    81. "Tsul'kaû´, the slant-eyed giant"
    82. "Kana´sta, the lost settlement"
    83. "Tsuwe´nahi, a legend of Pilot knob"
    84. The man who married the Thunder's sister
    85. The haunted whirlpool
    86. Yahula
    87. The water cannibals
  Historical traditions
    88. First contact with whites
    89. The Iroquois wars
    90. "Hiadeoni, the Seneca"
    91. The two Mohawks
    92. Escape of the Seneca boys
    93. The unseen helpers
    94. Hatciñondoñ's escape from the Cherokee
    95. Hemp-carrier
    96. The Seneca peacemakers
    97. Origin of the Yontoñwisas dance
    98. Ga'na's adventures among the Cherokee
    99. The Shawano wars
    100. The raid on Tikwali´tsi
    101. The last Shawano invasion
    102. The false warriors of Chilhowee
    103. Cowee town
    104. The eastern tribes
    105. The southern and western tribes
    106. The giants from the west
    107. The lost Cherokee
    108. The massacre of the Ani´-Kuta´ni
    109. The war medicine
    110. Incidents of personal heroism
    111. The mounds and the constant fire: The old sacred things
  Miscellaneous myths and legends
    112. The ignorant housekeeper
    113. The man in the stump
    114. Two lazy hunters
    115. The two old men
    116. The star feathers
    117. The Mother Bear's song
    118. "Baby song, to please the children"
    119. When babies are born: The Wren and the Cricket
    120. The Raven Mocker
    121. Herbert's spring
    122. Local legends of North Carolina
    123. Local legends of South Carolina
    124. Local legends of Tennessee
    125. Local legends of Georgia
    126. Plant lore
VI Notes and parallels
VII Glossary
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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    Myths of the Cherokee by James Mooney

    I am extremely interested in the first few chapters of this book for the history that it presents of the Native Americans that lived in the south eastern United States. It focuses on the Cherokee but brings in the Spanish incursion into the area starting in 1540, and other indigineous tribes. I found that the local trading and especially eating habits most interesting.

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