Stories That Make the World: Oral Literature of the Indian Peoples of the Inland Northwest

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Rodney Frey
University of Oklahoma Press, Mar 1, 1999 - Social Science - 256 pages
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By using verse form and visual clues indicating pauses, intonations, and gestures, anthropologist Rodney Frey permits readers to hear the oral literature of narrators from the Coeur d’Alene, Crow, Klikitat, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Sanpoil, and Wasco people today in Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana. He places each of the twenty-three narratives in its larger cultural, literary, and expressive context, making this anthology an important resource both for American Indian people and for non-Native scholars and general readers. A glossary and a lesson-plan appendix facilitate the book’s use in both secondary and college-level courses.

 

 

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Contents

The Tin Shed
5
Orality in a Literate Society
20
The Storytellers
31
See from the Inside
39
Coyote and the Sweat Lodge
49
Literary Motifs
63
Coyote and the Rock
71
Coyote and the White Man
81
Post Falls on the Spokane River
195
Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry Idaho
203
Great blue heron
208
Basil White 1991
212
Conclusion
214
St Joe River
215
Lesson Plan
232
Nez Perce pipe and bag 1890
239

Little Head
130
Techniques of Storytelling
147
Crow sweat lodge
159
Star Husband
160
Two Coyotes
186
Glossary
249
Canada geese near the Kootenai River
250
Kootenay Lake
260
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