Earthdivers: Tribal Narratives on Mixed Descent
These narratives compare earthdivers in myths who brought dirt up from the watery earth to form land, with present-day earthdivers, mixed bloods, who dive into urban areas connecting dreams to the earth
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Page viii - No matter how well educated an Indian may become, he or she always suspects that Western culture is not an adequate representation of reality. Life, therefore, becomes a schizophrenic balancing act wherein one holds that the creation, migration, and ceremonial stories of the tribe are true and that the Western European view of the world is also true.
Page xiv - Despite the lack of a great number of actual excremental myths, the existence of any at all would appear to lend support to the hypothesis that men do think of creativity in anal terms, and further that this conception is projected into mythical cosmogonic terms.