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Zuñi Coyote Tales
     

Zuñi Coyote Tales

by Frank Hamilton Cushing
 

Coyote tales are among the best loved in Native American folklore, and those recorded by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing at the end of the nineteenth century have well survived the test of time. This collection of authentic stories extracted from his classic Zuñi Folk Tales offers modern readers of all ages a new appreciation of magic

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Coyote tales are among the best loved in Native American folklore, and those recorded by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing at the end of the nineteenth century have well survived the test of time. This collection of authentic stories extracted from his classic Zuñi Folk Tales offers modern readers of all ages a new appreciation of magic and myth as celebrated by the Zuñi Indians of western New Mexico.

These tales pit the wily Coyote against various demons and other creatures in order to convey simple lessons or explain animal characteristics or behavior. They tell how the tip of the coyote's tail became black after dancing with blackbirds and how coyotes learned never to insult horned-toads—and to keep clear of burrowing-owls. Through these tales, we learn why Coyote meddles with everything that does not concern him, makes a universal nuisance of himself, and is ready to jump into any trap laid for him.

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"Cushing's work is a contribution to far more than any mere interest of our curiosity or pastime; it is a lasting part of our American heritage."—The Nation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816518920
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Frank Hamilton Cushing (1857-1900) was a field collector for the Bureau of American Ethnology and head of the Hemenway Archaeological Expedition of 1886-88. He lived for five years as an honorary member of the Zuñi people.

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