Native American Storytelling: A Reader of Myths and Legends / Edition 1

Native American Storytelling: A Reader of Myths and Legends / Edition 1

by Karl Kroeber
     
 

The myths and legends in this collection have been selected both for their excellence as stories and because they illustrate the distinctive nature of Native American storytelling. They are drawn from oral traditions of the major culture areas of aboriginal North America, and include trickster tales, origin myths and stories of domestic sexual conflict.

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The myths and legends in this collection have been selected both for their excellence as stories and because they illustrate the distinctive nature of Native American storytelling. They are drawn from oral traditions of the major culture areas of aboriginal North America, and include trickster tales, origin myths and stories of domestic sexual conflict.

In a substantial introduction and headnotes to each story, editor Karl Kroeber highlights the otherness of Native American narratives, in which suspense is insignificant, metaphors hardly used, protagonists are often unnamed and ambiguity of motives is stressed. He reveals the highly practical functions of myths and legends in Native American societies, demonstrating how they helped listeners to explore the efficacy of social practices and cultural institutions, and how they reinforced American Indians’ profound spiritual engagement with their natural environment.

This collection makes accessible to any reader the uniqueness and diversity of Native American storytelling.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405115414
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/06/2004
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Tewa14
1Where they were living lived Laughing Warrior Girl16
Kalispell18
2A young man (Rabbit) lived with his grandmother : one day he pitied her19
Kathlamet21
3There was a chief of a town : his relatives live in five towns22
Tillamook25
4Wild Woman was living alone : her husband, High Class Crane27
Sioux39
5A man lived with his two wives and a brother : one day the brother41
Cherokee (A)47
6In the beginning there was no fire, and the world was cold, until47
Gros Ventre49
7The people before the present people were wild : they did not know49
Cherokee (B)52
8When I was a boy this is what the old men told me they had heard53
Seneca (A)60
9A long time ago human beings lived high up in what is now called61
Seneca (B)64
10There was a lodge in the forest where very few people ever came65
Eskimo67
11Two men were trappers : one of them kept catching a lot of groundhogs69
Cherokee (C)72
12Once when all the people of the settlement were out73
Three Chinook-Wishram coyote tales77
13Coyote heard about two women who had fish78
14A certain old man was sitting in the trail with his penis80
15Again coyote travelled up the river : in the water he saw83
Clackamas (A)86
16Coyote and his five children lived there, four males87
Clackamas (B)91
17They lived there ; Seal, her daughter, and Seal's younger brother93
Hopi95
18In Oraibi the people were living : at the west end of the south row97
Wintu102
19Long ago, there came into being some people who had four children103
Yana105
20'Now dig for roots : the nuts are already ripe - let's climb'107
Navajo109
21On the morrow, when he went forth on his hunt, his father110
Blackfoot118
22'There are two bright stars,' Brings-Down-the-Sun said, 'that sometimes'120
Onondaga127
23Tall, fierce, and hostile, they were a powerful tribe, the Stone Giants!128

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