The Winged Serpent: American Indian Prose and Poetry

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Margot Astrov
Beacon Press, 1946 - Social Science - 366 pages
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This valuable collection gathers tribal voice and thought into a surpassing whole that offers to the reader the pleasures of subtle poetry, the intensity of living struggles, the humor of myth, and the depth of consideration for all of life that characterizes the most moving of Native American philosophies.

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Contents

Chapter IThe Power of the Word
19
Chapter IIThe Influence of Christianity on
53
Song sung over a dying person Chippewa
75
Two morning speeches Nez Perce
88
The song of the maize Osage
100
Coyote and the origin of death Caddo
117
A woman joins her lover in death Dakota
130
A sequence of songs of the Ghost Dance religion
143
A Katcina song Zuni
229
A woman mourns her husband Zuni
235
Rain song Sia
243
A Paiute autobiography
257
The Creation myth Luiseno
263
Why humans sing for their sick and their dead
270
Medicine Formula Takelma Oregon
277
Prayer of a man who found a dead killer
283

The story of My Ancestor Weshgishega Winnebago
156
From the Big House Ceremony Delaware
166
Formula to attract affections Cherokee
175
The War Gods horse song Navajo
183
Birth of White Shell Woman Navajo
189
Dream song of a woman Papago
195
From the autobiography of a Papago woman
201
Two love songs Chiricahua
208
Song of the Gotal Ceremony Mescalero Apache
216
That mountain far away Tewa
222
The willows by the waterside Tewa
223
Two mourning songs from the Northwest Tlingit
289
Improvised song of joy Iglulik Eskimo
295
The land of heaven Caribou Eskimo
301
Prayer to the God Titlacaoan Aztec 39
309
Love song Aztec
316
The Eagle and the Moon Goddess Cora
323
A Maya prophecy Yucatan
329
Supplication to the creator god Inca
341
The Indian as author
358
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