The Inland Whale

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University of California Press, 1959 - Social Science - 205 pages
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Nine tales, selected and retold here by anthropologist and author Theodora Kroeber for the adult general-interest reader. The new foreword by her son. Karl Kroeber, provides context about the author's methods and describes his own personal connection to the stories themselves.

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Review: The Inland Whale: Nine Stories Retold from California Indian Legends

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

I liked the book in general, there are some very interesting stories that give us a good look at the culture, and the verbal tradition of the Western American Indians. I wouldn't have included all of the stories that were picked, but in general the book accomplished what it set out to do. Read full review


Foreword by Oliver La Farge
AbouttheHouse Girl
Tesilya Suns Daughter
Some Qualities of Indian Stories
About the Stories in This Book

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About the author (1959)

Theodora Kroeber (1897 1979), wife of Alfred Louis Kroeber, is also the author of The Inland Whale (California). Karl Kroeber, son of Theodora Kroeber, is Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and coeditor, with Clifton Kroeber, of Ishi in Three Centuries (2003). Lewis Gannett was a critic for the New York Herald-Tribune.

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