Native American myths and legends
Colin F. Taylor
Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated, 1994 - Social Science - 144 pages
Native American Myths and Legends explores the beliefs and folklore of the Native Americans. Nine distinct cultural regions are examined, the Southeast, Southwest, Plains, Plateau and Basin, California, the Northwest Coast, the Subarctic, the Arctic, and the Northeast Woodlands and Great Lakes. The text and photos focus on rituals, ceremonies, most respected sites, and spectacular craft artifacts. Some of topics include Origin Myths, the beliefs regarding the creation of the world and of man; All Powerti Spirits, which include Hero Creatures and Monsters that instruct rituals and punish wrongdoers; Revered Animals that serve as messengers, advisors or destroyers, Holy Places and Sacred Sites, the reverence for the land, water and mountains, as well as Legends, Rituals and Ceremonies, The comprehensive and authoritative text is integrated with hundreds or illustrations, including genuine artifacts and color artwork.
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More than a coffee table book, Native American Myths and Legends is a primer for learning about the vast richness of Native American culture in the United States of America. The information is divided into nine geographical areas of the USA. The photographs are compelling. The text is interesting, and informative. After reading this book, I wanted to know more. An extensive bibliography aids in pointing the direction for future research. Well done.
I give this book 5 stars, full credit due to the fact we lost what the native chief would have loved to give a kid like me the truth of all things as he knows it. This book has given me strength in my most favorite area of the brain, the part you read between the lines. Like if you are reading what is a myth and it has no proof then it is just imagination pure fun, but when added fact like archaeological artifacts, the myth becomes proof for the artifacts ability to speak for itself, leaving the individuals imagination to strengthen out of myth the ability to find common belief that when sought out the facts are common to the artifacts ability to be saying something if anything at all. This book has show me that if there ever was a treasure left to find in this world its the need to see our native and its people wanted to share all of themselves openly and lovingly, and the pain that brought to die leaving us to myth. I pray the native will unearth a search for their ancestral vision of life. God willing.