Nez Perce Coyote Tales: The Myth Cycle

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An incorrigible trickster, a clever thief, a rogue, sometimes a magnanimous hero, often a vengeful loser, but always a survivor, Coyote is the most complex character in the Nez Perce cycle of traditional myths. Nez Perce Coyote Tales, a collection of fifty-two stories translated from the native language, represents the most extensive treatment of the character of Coyote for any Native American group. Within these pages are stories of Coyote and various monsters, such as Flint Man, Killer Butterfly, and Cannibal: ...

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An incorrigible trickster, a clever thief, a rogue, sometimes a magnanimous hero, often a vengeful loser, but always a survivor, Coyote is the most complex character in the Nez Perce cycle of traditional myths. Nez Perce Coyote Tales, a collection of fifty-two stories translated from the native language, represents the most extensive treatment of the character of Coyote for any Native American group. Within these pages are stories of Coyote and various monsters, such as Flint Man, Killer Butterfly, and Cannibal: tales of Coyote and other animals, such as Bull, Fox, and Bat: and many other stories, including how Coyote brought the buffalo, warred with Winter, killed the grizzly bears, married his daughter, and visited White Mountain.

In an introduction and concluding chapter, Deward E. Walker, Jr., and Daniel N. Matthews analyze Coyote’s social relations and interaction with other character in Nez Perce mythology. They reveal how the myths, besides being entertaining stories, also serve to impart traditional cultural values, proper social relations, and other practical information.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806130323
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Deward E. Walker, Jr., is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction
1 Coyote and Monster
2 Killer Mosquito
3 Coyote Defeats the Sun
4 Coyote and Flint
5 Coyote and Hummingbird
6 Killer Butterfly
7 Mussel-Shell Killers
8 Killer Baby
9 Frog and Coyote
10 Frog and Bluejay
11 Cannibal
12 Blindworm Killer
13 Coyote Breaks the Fish Dam at Celilo
14 Coyote and White-tailed Buck
15 How Coyote Made Different People
16 Coyote Shoots Cow Elk
17 How the Salmon Found Out That They Shouldn't Go Up Potlatch Creek
18 Worm Penis
19 Cold and Warm Brothers Wrestle
20 How the Animals Got Their Names
21 How Coyote Brought the Buffalo
22 How Coyote Lost His Eyes
23 The Sun and the Moon
24 Coyote and Winter Have a War
25 Coyote and Bull
26 Coyote Visits Elk and Fish Hawk
27 How Porcupine Went to the Plains
28 Coyote's Trip to the East
29 Coyote and Fox
30 Coyote and Fox Pretend to Be Women
31 Fox and Coyote as Shamans
32 Coyote and Fox Run Races
33 The Five Grizzly Bear Sisters and the Five Woodpecker Brothers
34 How the Grizzly Bear Sisters Were Fooled
35 Don't Crack the Bones
36 How Coyote Killed the Grizzly Bears
37 Coyote Kills Grizzly Bear's Sons
38 Coyote and the Shadow People
39 Bat and Coyote
40 Cut-Out-of Belly Boy
41 Weasel Wrestles for a Wife
42 Coyote Marries His Daughter
43 Coyote and His Daughter
44 Elbow Baby
45 Cixcixicim Boy
46 Warmweather and Coldweather
47 Bobcat and Pine Squirrel's Daughter
48 The Disobedient Boy
49 Frog and Crawfish Dance
50 Coyote Visits White Mountain
51 Sea Monster
52 How Coyote's Penis Became a Dam
Introduction
Coyote and Monsters
Coyote and Advisers
Coyote's Interactions with Groups
Coyote and Children
Coyote's Relationships with Adult Female Characters
Coyote's Relationships with Adult Male Characters
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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