American Indian Myths and Legends

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Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
Pantheon Books, 1984 - Social Science - 527 pages
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This magnificent collection gathers 160 tales from 80 tribal gathers to offer a rich and lively panorama of the Native American mythic heritage. From all across the continent come tales of creation and love, of heroes and war, of animals, tricksters, and the end of the world. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and master storyteller, Indian voices in the best folkloric sources of the nineteenth century to make this the most comprehensive and authentic volume of American Indian myths available anywhere.

With black-and-white drawings throughout.
This book is part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library.

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User Review  - David.A.Rainey - LibraryThing

This is an excellant collection of the oral myths and legends of the Native American people. It is well organized with the various legends having common elements. The only way I found to truly enjoy ... Read full review

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User Review  - -sunny- - LibraryThing

I'll have to check this out of the library again. I got maybe 1/5 through this thing, but then had to return it to the library, seeing as I have a bunch of other books that need finishing. This book ... Read full review

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About the author (1984)

RICHARD ERDOES (1912-2008) was an artist, photographer, Native American rights activist, and author or editor of more than twenty books, including Lakota Woman and Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions.

ALFONSO ORTIZ (1939-1997) was a Native American scholar, anthropologist, activist and author. His works include The Tewa World: Space, Time, Being and Becoming in a Pueblo Society and The Pueblo. 

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