Pueblo Indian Folk-stories

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U of Nebraska Press, 1992 - History - 257 pages
Charles F. Lummis's profound understanding of Indian and Spanish culture in the American Southwest is reflected in this collection of thirty-two myths centering around the Pueblo of Isleta on the Rio Grande. In adapting these traditional oral tales, Lummis drew on his experience of living at Isleta and his familiarity with the native language. originally published in 1894, Pueblo Indian Folk-Stories is as enchanting as ever. Seven elders seated around a campfire take turns telling about Antelope Boy. the fabled coyote, the man who married the moon, the snake-girls, the sobbing pine, the feathered barbers, the hero twins, the revengeful fawns, and other natural and supernatural entities. Beautifully wrought, these wisdom and initiation stories speak to all who have not lost their sense of wonder.
 

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Contents

The Brown StoryTellers
1
The Antelope Boy
12
The Coyote and the Crows
22
The WarDance of the M1ce
24
The Coyote and the Blackb1rds
27
The Coyote and the Bear
30
The F1rst of the Rattlesnakes
34
The Coyote and the Woodpecker
49
The Moqu1 Boy and the Eagle
122
The North W1nd and the South W1nd
127
The Town of the SnakeG1rls
130
The Drown1ng of Pecos
137
The Ants that Pushed on the Sky
147
The Man who Would nt Keep Sunday
161
The Brave Bobta1ls
169
The Revenge of the Fawns
178

The Man who Marr1ed the Moon
53
The Mother Moon
71
The Maker of the ThunderKn1ves
74
The StoneMov1ng Song
82
The Coyote and the ThunderKn1fe
84
The Mag1c H1deandSeek
87
The Race of the Ta1ls
99
Honest B1gEars
103
The Feathered Barbers
106
The Accursed Lake
108
The Sobb1ng P1ne
194
The Queres D1ana
200
A Pueblo Bluebeard
203
The Hero Tw1ns
206
The Hungry Grandfathers
215
The Coyote
222
Doctor F1eldMouse
232
Pa1sh1a
241
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Charles F. Lummis, who founded the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, wrote such books as A Tramp across the Continent, also reprinted in a Bison Book edition. Robert F. Gish is Director of Ethnic Studies and a professor of English and Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His books include Frontiers End: The Life and Literature of Harvey Fergusson published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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