Indian Tales

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Santa Clara University, 1953 - Fiction - 257 pages
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Fiction. Native American Studies. INDIAN TALES begins as Bear, Antelope, and their son, Fox, set out to visit relatives on the coast. Old Man Coyote, Oriole, and various others join them over the course of this journey, as Fox learns how to hunt with rabbit sticks, how the world was destroyed and created all over again, and how to sing to his shadow in the morning so it will find its way back to him. A brilliant synthesis of forty years of life and learning among the Achumawi, Pomo, Karuk, Mewuk, and other California tribes, these tales reflect the flavor, tone, and rhythm of Indian traditions while offering edification and delight in equal amounts to adults as well as children. Jaime de Angulo (1887-1950) was born to Spanish parents and lived in Paris until he arrived in the United States at the age of eighteen. Over the course of his lifetime, he was a cowboy, a rancher, a doctor, a psychologist, an ethnographer and renowned linguist, and a novelist. His other books include INDIANS IN OVE

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This was o.k. The author wove together tales that were depicting the creation of the world and evolution. It was written in very simple language. Read full review

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Delightful story for reading aloud, as the family travels "tras, tras, tras" over hills and across rivers, camping along the way, to visit Antelopes sister. We learn about the food, the clothing they ... Read full review

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Jaime de Angulo (1887-1950) was born in Paris of Spanish parents. He came to America in 1905, found work as a cowboy and ended up in San Francisco the day before the Great Earthquake in 1906. A picaresque life followed as a homesteader in Big Sur, medical doctor, psychologist, renowned linguist, and novelist. As a linguist, de Angulo contributed to the knowledge of many Northern Californian languages, as well ethnomusicological investigations. He lived among the tribes he studied and tried to become integrated into their daily lives. Much of his life and work exemplifies his recognition of the trickster wisdom in their native "coyote tales." Invited by Mabel Dodge Luhan to visit Taos, he turned out to be a vivid chapter in her artistic circle. Brilliant and eccentric, Ezra Pound called him "the American Ovid." Bohemian to the core, he was friend and colleague to poets, composers, and scholars such as Harry Partch, Henry Miller, Robinson Jeffers, Henry Cowell, Franz Boas, Carl Jung, D.H. Lawrence, and many others. Renderings of Pit River lore in his book Indian Tales had a distinct influence on Beat literature, especially Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac. Besides prose, there exists an abundance of poetry which is collected in Home Among the Swinging Stars and includes the out-of-print Coyote's Bones, versions of Shaman Songs, translations of Federico Garcia Lorca, and unpublished poems.

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