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

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The myths and legends in this book have been selected both for their excellence as stories and because they illustrate the distinctive nature of Native American storytelling.

  • A collection of Native American myths and legends.
  • Selected for their excellence as stories, and because they illustrate the distinctive nature of Native American storytelling.
  • Drawn from the oral traditions of all major areas of aboriginal North America.
  • Reveals the highly practical functions of myths and legends in Native American societies.
  • Illustrates American Indians’ profound engagement with their natural environment.
  • Edited by an outstanding interpreter of Native American oral stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405115414
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/6/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Kroeber is Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. His previous publications include Ishi in Three Centuries (ed. 2003), Artistry in American Indian Myths (1998), and Ecological Literary Criticism (1994). He is Editor Emeritus of Studies in American Indian Literature.

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Table of Contents

Tewa 14
1 Where they were living lived Laughing Warrior Girl 16
Kalispell 18
2 A young man (Rabbit) lived with his grandmother : one day he pitied her 19
Kathlamet 21
3 There was a chief of a town : his relatives live in five towns 22
Tillamook 25
4 Wild Woman was living alone : her husband, High Class Crane 27
Sioux 39
5 A man lived with his two wives and a brother : one day the brother 41
Cherokee (A) 47
6 In the beginning there was no fire, and the world was cold, until 47
Gros Ventre 49
7 The people before the present people were wild : they did not know 49
Cherokee (B) 52
8 When I was a boy this is what the old men told me they had heard 53
Seneca (A) 60
9 A long time ago human beings lived high up in what is now called 61
Seneca (B) 64
10 There was a lodge in the forest where very few people ever came 65
Eskimo 67
11 Two men were trappers : one of them kept catching a lot of groundhogs 69
Cherokee (C) 72
12 Once when all the people of the settlement were out 73
Three Chinook-Wishram coyote tales 77
13 Coyote heard about two women who had fish 78
14 A certain old man was sitting in the trail with his penis 80
15 Again coyote travelled up the river : in the water he saw 83
Clackamas (A) 86
16 Coyote and his five children lived there, four males 87
Clackamas (B) 91
17 They lived there ; Seal, her daughter, and Seal's younger brother 93
Hopi 95
18 In Oraibi the people were living : at the west end of the south row 97
Wintu 102
19 Long ago, there came into being some people who had four children 103
Yana 105
20 'Now dig for roots : the nuts are already ripe - let's climb' 107
Navajo 109
21 On the morrow, when he went forth on his hunt, his father 110
Blackfoot 118
22 'There are two bright stars,' Brings-Down-the-Sun said, 'that sometimes' 120
Onondaga 127
23 Tall, fierce, and hostile, they were a powerful tribe, the Stone Giants! 128
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