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The Indians' Book (Native American) Paperback – June 1, 1968


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Product Details

  • Series: Native American
  • Paperback: 583 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 2 edition (June 1, 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486219399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486219394
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "benph" on July 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a monumental work of history. Thanks to the efforts of Natalie Curtis and other recorders in the early twentieth century, there are many songs and stories of American Indians which have not been lost. The 149 songs recorded (in their original language and in translation), the myths and legends, and the interviews are from tribes all over the United States. These groups include the Wabanaki, Dakota, Pawnee, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, Winnebago, Kwakiutl, Pima, Apache, Mojave-Apache, Yuma, Navajo, Zuñi, San Juan, Acoma, Laguna, and Hopi. This is a reference book to be treasured.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward Lewis on June 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Curtis begins this book with, "The Indians are the authors of this volume. ...... The work of the recorder (Curtis) has been but the collecting, edititng, and arranging of the Indians' contributions." The Indians' Book is a collection of "Authentic Native American Legends, Lore and Music".
At the turn of the century, this book was instrumental in a change of attitude towards Native Amaricans. Through it, we see the "depth and dignity or Indian thoughts" (Theodore Roosevelt) from a time when Indians were commonly viewed as little more than animals.
But I don't want to make this sound like a political statement. No, don't missunderstand, this book focuses on the legends and the music. Curtis has transcribed enough songs that you could almost call it a Fake Book of Indian Songs. I've already used many of the songs in this book as inspiration for some of my own compositions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erica Esham on December 3, 2012
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I bought this book a second time because I returned mine to the library! This book is really great, great songs & translations. Very thorough.
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A comprehensive source for Indian Songs including music notation. Covers many tribes. Get it if you can.
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