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"A guidebook to the mythologies of the whole continent."--The New York Times Book Review


"Presents a systematic view of the entire corpus of North American mythology. Since no such overarching descriptive work has appeared in nearly seventy years, Bierhorst's book is timely, adding breadth to the knowledge of Native American narrative."--American Anthropologist


About the Author

John Bierhorst is the author, editor, or translator of more than thirty books on Native American lore-eight of which have been named Notable Books by the American Library Association.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195146239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195146233
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I chose to read the Mythology of North America for my 8th grade independent reading project. I chose to read this book because I am very interested in ancient mythology. I personally think that this book was very interesting, however, the text of the story sounded too much like he was simply telling the stories rather than being written around the stories. One thing that I found fascinating is that the author showed how some of the Native American myths were similar to the myths in the U.S. and around the world then and now. The book was broken into many different parts relating to many specific places often two or three states at a time. This made it an easy book not only to read, but also to use as a reference book for facts. At the beginning of each chapter there was a one or two page maximum preface about the current chapter. Each region had a specific "topic". In the Northwest region that included part of Canada and Alaska, the basis for their myths was origins and creation stories. In the Southwest, a common theme was rebirth and reincarnation. One cool thing that I personally have not seen in other books was that there was a detailed map showing tribal locations and the locations of key stories. I found this impressive because you could see how some of the stories could be found on almost opposite sides of the country and based on the climate and the surrounding geography. This story is very organized moving north to south, west to east. In conclusion I found this book very well written and very interesting and I believe it is worth other people looking into this book and reading it.
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It's rare to find a book on mythology that conveys the beauty, excitement and wonder of the stories. It's even rarer to find one that puts the stories in a meaningful context. I would put this book on the shelf next to Robert Graves' Greek Myths and Kevin Crossley-Holland's Norse Myths as among the few really successful attempts to capture the essence of a mythological tradition.
But while Graves and Crossley-Holland were writing about the myths of one culture with one language, Bierhorst is looking at the stories of an entire continent that encompasses dozens of different peoples. He manages this nearly impossible task by grouping the many tribes of North America into eleven different geographical categories, and outlining the major mythological themes of each region--but without ever forgetting that each tribe has its own distinct identity and vision of the world.
This book seems to be marketed as a book for young adults, which puzzles me a bit. While a high school or even a bright junior high student could read and enjoy this book, there's nothing in it that suggests that it's not intended to be read by anyone interested in the stories and beliefs of the First Americans.
The Mythology of North America is part of a series which includes books on the myths of South America and of Mexico and Central America. I would also recommends those, though I think that the Mexico/Central America volume is the least successful of the three.
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This book was a huge eye opener for me. Even though this says The Mythology of North America, it extends well beyond North America, tells myths, legends, & real facts about expeditions to Antarctica, Indian tribes I had never even heard of,animals that are extinct, some hunted almost to the brink of extention, that we've never even heard of. It has a lot of great maps, and illustrations. Great addition for any true history fan not just mythology. :-)
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