Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest

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University of California Press, Mar 1, 2003 - History - 225 pages
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This collection of more than one hundred tribal tales, culled from the oral tradition of the Indians of Washington and Oregon, presents the Indians' own stories, told for generations around their fires, of the mountains, lakes, and rivers, and of the creation of the world and the heavens above. Each group of stories is prefaced by a brief factual account of Indian beliefs and of storytelling customs. Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest is a treasure, still in print after fifty years.
  

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Book Description: University of California Press, 1953. 1953 Soft Cover. Near Mint/No Jacket. First Edition,23rd Printing. 8vo - over " - " tall. ISBN:0-520-00243-1. Read full review

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As a "local" to the geographical features around which many of these Native stories evolved, I appreciated the regional formatting. Some stories have been edited and others are likely influenced by ... Read full review

Contents

From Mountain Peaks to Indian Legends
1
The Spirits in Nature
7
Mount Jefferson and the Great Flood
14
The Bridge of the Gods KLICKITAT
20
Indian Names for Mount Rainier
26
The Lake on Mount Rainier PUYALLUP
32
The Origin of Mount Si and the Forests SNOQUALMEE
38
Other Traditions of the Great Flood SEVERAL TRIBES
44
Beaver and the Grande Ronde River NEZ PERCE
118
A Potlatch on the Oregon Coast COQUILLE
124
The Creation of the Klamath World KLAMATH
132
The Beginning of the Skagit World SKAGIT
138
The Changer Comes to the Lummi LUMMI
147
The Seven Sisters of the Sky NEZ PERCE
155
The Earth People Visit the Sky People QUEETS
158
Thunder and Lightning KISQUALLY
164

Spirits and Animals in the Lakes
51
Crater Lake and the Two Hunters KLAMATH
58
Kwatee and the Monster in Lake Quinault QUILLAYUTE
64
The Monster and Lake Chelan CHELAN
70
TALES OF THE RIVERS ROCKS AND WATERFALLS
79
Why Rivers Flow but One Way SNOHOMISH QUINAULT
86
How Coyote Helped the People SEVERAL TRIBES
96
A Legend of Multnomal1 Falls
102
Horsetail Falls and Beacon Rock
105
The Origin of the Petrified Forest COLVILLE
112
How Coyote Made the Indian Tribes COLUMBIA RIVER TRIBES
172
Guardian Spirits
179
Coyote and Crow YAKIMA
186
Coyote and Eagle Visit the Land of the Dead
193
The Maiden of Deception Pass SAMISH
199
The First Ship CHINOOK
205
Bibliography
213
Glossary
219
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Ella E. Clark, who died in 1998, was Professor Emerita of English at Washington State University. She heard her first fragments of Indian myths while serving as a fire lookout for the U.S. Forest Service in the Cascade Mountains. She collected tribal tales in libraries and archives in the U.S. and Canada for many years.

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