Navaho Indian Myths


Rich compilation of tribal fables and legends recorded in the 1920s from an elderly Navaho chief. Myths include "The Creation of the Sun and Moon," "The Sun's Path," "The Maiden who Became a Bear," "The Making of the Headdress," "The Story of the Rain Ceremony and Its Hogan," and many more.

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Rich compilation of tribal fables and legends recorded in the 1920s from an elderly Navaho chief. Myths include "The Creation of the Sun and Moon," "The Sun's Path," "The Maiden who Became a Bear," "The Making of the Headdress," "The Story of the Rain Ceremony and Its Hogan," and many more.

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Originally published as The Dine, GPO, 1956 in the series Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin; 163. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486275925
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/14/1993
  • Series: Native American Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 369,155
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

The Creation or Age of Beginning
  The First World
  The Second World
  The Third World
  The Fourth World
  The Fifth World
"The Order of Things, or the Age of Animal Heores"
  The First Hogan
  The Creation of the Sun and Moon
  The Twelve Months of the Year
  The Sun's Path
    The Sky and the Earth
  The Mountains Sacred to the Dîné
    Mountain Chants
  The Coming of Death and Life
    Old Age and Illness
  "The Plan, or Order of Things"
"The Age of the Gods, or the Story of the Twins"
  The People of the Stone Houses
  The Stick Race
  Prayer Sticks
  The Mountains Appear
  When the Coyote Married the Maiden
  The Maiden who Became a Bear
  "The Story of Noqoil pi, the Great Gambler"
    "The First Game, that of the Seven Sticks"
    "The Second Game, that of the Rolling Ring"
    "The Third Game, that of the Stick the Shape of the Rainbow"
    "The Fourth Game, that of Hitting the Ball"
    "The Fifth, the Guessing Game"
    "The Sixth Game, the Kicked Stick"
    "The Seventh, the Game of the Planted Sticks"
    "The Eighth Game, the Foot Race"
  The Story of the Moccasin Game
  The Story of the Coming of the White Bead Woman
  The White Bead Maiden's Marriage with the Sun
  The Story of the Twin Brothers
  The Story of the Twins and the Giant Yeitso
  "The Story of the Twins and Teel get, the Giant Elk"
  "The Story of the Elder Brother and Tse na' hale, the Giant Birds"
  "The Story of Tse' naga' hai, the Rolling rock"
  "The Story of Tsadidahalt' a li, the Twelve Antelope"
  "The Story of Tse' tahotsilta'li, He-Who-Kicks-People-Off-Cliffs"
  "The Story of Loka' adi kisi, the Slashing Reeds"
  "The Story of the Beautiful, Dangerous Young Woman"
  "The Story of the Last Great Grief, the Swallow People of Mesa Verde"
  "The Story of Tse' yeinte' li, the Rocks that Crush"
  "The Story of Nayie a' anyie, or the Evil Eyes"
  the Story of the Four Last Ills
The Wanderings or Age of the Patriarchs
  Introduction: Sandoval's prayer
  The Origin of the Dîné
    The First Clans of the Dîné
    The Making of the Headdress
  The Story of the Water Buffalo's Kingdom
  "The Naming of the Brothers, and Their Departure"
    The Departure of the First Four Holy Ones
    The Departure of the Holy Beings
    The Departure of the White Bead Woman
  The Story of the Clan Called Tqo yah ha' tline
  The Story of the Rain Ceremony and Its Hogan
  The Two Who Returned
  Two Clans Related to the Clan Tqo yah ha' tline
  The Story of the Pictograph of the Coil
  The Story of the Mountain Chant and the Fire Dance
  The Story of the Flint Knife Boys and the Great Warrior of Aztec
    The Journey of the Elder Brother
    The Story of the Younger Sister
  "The Story of the Mountain Top Chant, or the Story of the Maiden and the Bear"
  The Story of the Summer Dance
  "The Story of San' hode' di' begaeye, the Beggar's Son"
  The Story of the Two Maidens and the White Butterfly
  The Story of San' hode' di's Medicine
  The Story of the Dîné
  The Story of the Two Boys and the Coming of the Horses
  The Story of the Navaho and the Apache Peoples
Literature cited

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