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Traditional stories from 60 native cultures of North America are prefaced by brief headnotes. Sources include government documents, periodicals, histories, and field research (some conducted by Clark). Familiar (Iroquois, Abenaki, Cherokee, Cheyenne) and rarely anthologized (Wasco, Pomo, Yakut, Sanpoil) stories contain archetypical symbols of universal human experience but are arranged regionally instead of thematically, as in Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz's American Indian Myths and Legends ( LJ 11/15/84). Native American cultures value an end to isolation and the individuals's return to family and tribe, but there are some striking analogs to Western myths; one Pima story neatly parallels the Noah's ark tale. Curiosities include "She-Who-Changeth" for the more common "Changing Woman," gender-exclusive language (" . . . man first appeared . . . "), and a claim that Navajos live today in prosperity.
- Rhoda Carroll, Vermont Coll., Montpelier
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Books (August 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785817166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785817161
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nickolas Coy on September 15, 2009
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This book is very good reading. All the stories are short and told in the original style. It is a must read for anyone interested in Native American History and Culture. This should be required reading for Native American Youth.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MC_Hawk on December 22, 2011
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This book was a great treasure I found online while shopping for my dad for Christmas, he loves everything to do with Native American culture since it is a part of bloodline and family history. The book arrived yesterday and I was very impressed! The stories and facts inside were just breathe-taking! There is so much great information with the stories, pictures, and facts. I suggest this to anyone!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marjory J Munson on November 29, 2012
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In attempting to understand humankind, I find it instructive to study the religions, legends, and myths of people around the world. This provides a basis upon which to then study their more formal cultural products: their language, art, literature, and science. This book provides a look into the mind-worlds that developed among the original inhabitants of this part of the world. I highly recommend it as an adventure of exploration into an oft-forgotten frontier.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Two Feathers on December 3, 2012
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As one, interested in the Native American Culture I waited impatiently for my copy of this book and when I started reading it, I couldn't put it down without impatience to get back to it. Very informative and totally intetesting. Very recomendable to anyone interesyrd in the Native American. Allen Two Feathers Abraham. Mitakuye Oyasin.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Umholtz on January 16, 2013
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It was well bound and printed. He was interested all the way though. I will definitely consider buying it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Carson on May 7, 2014
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I purchased this book as part of a text set for a literature class. i really didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the stories inside. If definitely gives you an insight into many Native American beliefs. This is a definite must read for anyone interested in Native American culture.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James R. Dunn on May 23, 2013
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If you are looking for legends of the American Indians, this is a fine start. There are many legends, and there are many different tribes, each with their own version of the legend. I wonder how many I will find about the "Big Dipper" (or Ursa Major).?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Barr on March 29, 2010
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A very nice collection of stories. Lots I hadn't heard before. A pleasure to add to my collection of stories.
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