Voices from Four Directions: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America

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Brian Swann
U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - Social Science - 617 pages
Storytelling and singing continue to be a vital part of community life for Native peoples today. Voices from Four Directions gathers stories and songs fromøthirty-one Native groups in North America?including the I_upiaqs in the frigid North, the Lushootseeds along the forested coastline of the far West, the Catawbas in the humid South, and the Maliseets of the rugged woods of the East. Vivid stories of cosmological origins and transformation, historical events remembered and retold, as well as legendary fables can be found in these pages. Well-known Trickster figures like Raven, Rabbit, and Coyote figure prominently in several tales as do heroes of local fame such as Tom Laporte of the Maliseets. The stories and songs entertain, instruct, and recall rich legacies as well as obligations. Many are retellings and reinventions of classic narratives, while others are more recent creations.

Award-winning poet and critic Brian Swann has gathered some of the richest and most diverse literatures of Native North America and provides an introduction to the volume. In addition, each story is introduced and newly translated.

 

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Contents

Raven Tales from Kamchatka
3
Tlingit
25
Inupiaq
42
Two Children Adrift
51
Told by Ericklook with Lee Suvlu
59
Kwakwakawakw
83
Translated by Judith Berman
90
The Sea Lion Hunter
105
Oodham
340
Translated by David Kozak and David I Lopez
346
Thunder and the Ukten
357
Translated by Wesley Proctor
366
Translated by Josephine Barnett Keith
374
Catawba
383
Lakota
397
Translated by Julian Rice
403

The Blind Man at Island Point Town
121
Okanagan
134
Lushootseed
171
Sahaptin
195
Two Tales of Power
209
Lake Miwok
226
Miguelino Salinan
240
Young Blue Jays Journey to the Land of the New Moon
244
Translated by Herbert W Luthin
251
Quechan
268
Western Apache
283
Translated by M Eleanor Nevins Thomas
290
Navajo
303
Coyote Stories
317
San Juan PuebloTewa
327
Translated by Jimm G GoodTracks
413
Meskwaki
423
Menominee
468
The Birth of Nenabozho
486
Seneca
515
Translated by Wallace Chafe
523
Oneida
532
Maliseet
546
Translated by Philip S LeSourd
552
Migmaq
561
Naskapi
572
Told by John Peastitute
580
List of Contributors
591
Index
603
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Brian Swann is on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. His many works include Coming to Light: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America.

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