Native American Storytelling: A Reader of Myths and Legends / Edition 1 by Karl Kroeber | 9781405115414 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
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
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405115416

ISBN-13: 9781405115414

Pub. Date: 09/06/2004

Publisher: Wiley

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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Overview

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.

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

List of Figuresviii
To The Reader1
Tewa14
1"Where they were living lived Laughing Warrior Girl..."16
Kalispell18
2"A young man (Rabbit) lived with his grandmother. One day he pitied her..."19
Kathlamet21
3"There was a chief of a town. His relatives lived in five towns...."22
Tillamook25
4"Wild Woman was living alone. Her husband, High Class Crane,..."27
Sioux39
5"A man lived with his two wives and a brother. One day the brother..."41
Origins45
Cherokee (A)47
6"In the beginning there was no fire, and the world was cold, until..."47
Gros Ventre49
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
Eskimo67
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
Trickster75
Three Chinook-Wishram Coyote Tales77
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
Hopi95
18"In Oraibi the people were living. At the west end of the south row..."97
Wintu102
19"Long ago, there came into being some people who had four children,..."103
Yana105
20"'Now dig for roots. The nuts are already ripe--let's climb...'"107
Navajo109
21"On the morrow, when he went forth on his hunt, his father..."110
Blackfoot118
22"'There are two bright stars,' Brings-Down-the-Sun said, 'that sometimes...'"120
Onondaga127
23"Tall, fierce and hostile, they were a powerful tribe, the Stone Giants!..."128
Further Reading131
Index134

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