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Erdoes, an illustrator and author, and Ortiz, a recently deceased Tewa Pueblo and distinguished professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, have compiled this anthology as a sequel to American Indian Myths and Legends (LJ 11/15/84). Some 106 tales, each identified with its tribe of origin, are divided into 14 parts arranged by theme. Additional information about the various tribes is provided in the appendix, which is arranged alphabetically. Many of the tales are reprinted from other sources and are thus not original. In addition, they are presented as if they were children's stories, so unfortunately the richness of Native American delivery is lost. Still, this is an extremely useful compilation for those libraries with a limited amount of Native American literature. The sexual nature of some of the stories and illustrations make this title inappropriate for school libraries. Recommended for public and academic libraries.?John Burch, Cumberland Coll. Lib., Williamsburg, KY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Erdoes is an illustrator, photographer, and author of over twenty books on the American West, including the classics Lame Deer and Lakota Woman. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Richard Erdoes is an illustrator, photographer, and author of over twenty books on the American West, including the classics Lame Deer and Lakota Woman. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Series: Myths and Legends
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; unknown edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140277714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140277715
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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American Indian Trickster Tales is a great way to spend the time, be it on a train, boat or jet. Myths and legends about the Coyote, the Spider-Man, the Raven and Master Rabbit. Shape shifters, fill of greed and cunning, this characters are always getting into trouble. The stories are sometimes funny, sometimes gross and sometimes a tad kinky, but they are old as the first humans to come to America and play an important part of Indian culture, past and present. But NOT for kids.
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I searched for Native-American stories of Coyote after a Coyote story was mentioned in "Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words" by Susan G. Wooldridge.

Being Australian I've vaguely heard of these stories in US soaps or sometimes the odd mention in US Films so I decided to look them up and glad I did.

This book has plenty of stories including characters called Coyote, Rabbit Boy and so on from various Native American backgrounds. The stories are humorous and include answers to why the Sun and Moon appear at different times (figuratively) to how the Seven Giants got their name. There are stories that show Native-Americans are unabashed about discussing sex and sexual urges which were hilariously outrageous.

Although I'd often begrudge paying anything over $5.00 for an ebook considering the complete lack of labour in producing and downloading one I won't reduce the rating for the $9.99 price because to me it is such a good book.
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Being a Native American myself, I have heard only a few of the "Old Stories passed down, My Grandma could tell ghost story that would make you sleep with the light on for months. I find that the Iktomi stories are priceless and it's too bad that more of these "stories" aren't heard and passed on by more people. Great book. OH, don't step on a spider it may be Iktomi !
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I know the writer was trying to keep the stories original to how they have been told to him, but they didn't flow and some of them sounded like there should have been more to them. I imagine that being told the stories in person with hand movements and atmosphere helps to make the story better, so if I use this as a story book I will elaborate a bit to make it more interesting. Other than that I love the book and I will buy the other book on the main stories to complete my collection. These stories are like the bible in a way, because they tell you things that are wrong like incest, stealing, tricking people, and such. There is sex in this book so watch out who you are buying it for.
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Great for bedtime stories. Sadly, I miss a bit the ethnic background and context (which tribe narrated this version, and in what context is this tale? I fear it stops at priming the appreciation of the American First Nations. I bought this book en lieu of a collection of tales about and around Red Horn (as typical for the SECC) - which I could not find in print.
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A fantastic and funny read, these stories are wonderful teachers of life lessons and come with a more adult humor side. Some are not super appropriate for children by American societal standards, but the lessons they teach and the laughter they produce make this read an enjoyable experience I will one day share with my kids and hopefully my kid's kids.
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I purchased a number of books on this subject some time ago and this was one of the best. Although I was specifically looking for Coyote stories and this book is not that limited, I enjoyed very much reading about some of the other trickster heroes in American Indian mythology. Some of the chapters are a little raunchy and some are a little crude, but the book as a whole is simply marvelous.
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If you like trickster tales or are interested in Native American folklore this is a great book. The stories are well told, the book itself is well organized. I love that the tales list what tribes they come from, it gives you a great sense of the different Trickster figures that appear in Native legends and stories. This is a must have book for anyone studying Native American stories and legends.
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