American Indian Myths and Legends

American Indian Myths and Legends This Magnificent Collection Gathers Tales From Tribal Gathers To Offer A Rich And Lively Panorama Of The Native American Mythic Heritage From All Across The Continent Come Tales Of Creation And Love, Of Heroes And War, Of Animals, Tricksters, And The End Of The World Alfonso Ortiz, An Eminent Anthropologist, And Richard Erdoes, An Artist And Master Storyteller, Indian Voices In The Best Folkloric Sources Of The Nineteenth Century To Make This The Most Comprehensive And Authentic Volume Of American Indian Myths Available AnywhereWith Black And White Drawings ThroughoutPart Of The Pantheon Fairy Tale And Folklore Library

Richard Erdoes was an artist, photographer, illustrator and author He described himself as equal parts Austrian, Hungarian and German, as well as equal parts Catholic, Protestant and Jew He was a student at the Berlin Academy of Art in 1933, when Adolf Hitler came to power He was involved in a small underground paper where he published anti Hitler political cartoons which attracted the

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  • Paperback
  • 527 pages
  • American Indian Myths and Legends
  • Richard Erdoes
  • English
  • 13 February 2018

10 thoughts on “American Indian Myths and Legends

  1. says:

    American Indian Myths and Legends, Richard ErdoesA unique collection of than one hundred Native American tales, spanning several centuries and the North American continent The authors of the magnificent American Indian Myths and Legends have combined their talents as eminent anthropologist and master storyteller to produce a rich and ribald sequel, featuring the myriad tricksters of Southwestern and other Native American oral traditions 2001 1378 300 1385 1387 9789645571137 1388 1396 20 1385 800 795 798 1395 364 9786009608539 1999

  2. says:

    This is a very problematic text Most, if not all, of the texts are paraphrases of myth related to and written down by amateurs It s probably why so many of them sound like fairy tales This is not because they are but because this is the manner they were chosen to be presented It s not cultural appropriation but it is culturally patronizing These read like the products of a literate culture, which they are not We are talking about oral storytelling cultures and when encountering their myths it should feel that way.So why did I give it 5 stars Because below this layer the basics of the myths are still pretty much apparent and some of them are pretty astonishing These are not the myths of bronze age city dwellers but neolithic cultures living much within the natural world If the mythical world of the Near East and Europe is all you are familiar with it is like entering a completely different world, which it literally is.If you want to encounter First Nations as we refer to them in Canada tales and myths on their own terms there are much better alternatives One, that is top shelf in terms of its respect for source, offers meticulous direct translations and provides necessary introductions to each tale offered in order to give them some cultural heft is Brian Swann s Coming to Light Once you encounter such a work it is hard not to see Erdoes compilation as amateur and, perhaps, even insulting.

  3. says:

    A great collection and worthwhile starting place for those interested in Myths and Legends of the Native Peoples of North America Broken up into topics with the only limitation being the one imposed by history many of these tales were written down post European contact often by Europeans so you can see Christian influence Still, it s imperative to know these stories in the best forms available and this book surely is one of the best.

  4. says:

    The trees spoke to each other Every day and every moment they were talking, and they are still talking now in an unknown language which humans do not understand Part One Tales of Human Creation Also included are tales of how some tribes get their sacred ceremonies, horses or Elk Dogs, here, since there is no word for horse which is now MY FAVORITE THING EVER , and tobaccoPart Two Tales of World Creation I love creation myths, they re so inventive and interesting to see how cultures come up with reasoning for things Big things like where the sun came from and what volcanoes are, to little things like why bears hibernate or why a badger has black legsPart Three Tales of the Sun, Moon, and Stars Some Zeus esque stories here and appearances by Coyote than I would have thought, honestly.Part Four Monsters and Monster Slayers There are a LOT of tales with bodiless heads thoughPart Five War and the Warrior Code Needs horsesPart Six Tales of Love and Lust As expected, a lot of animals turn human and sleep with or marry humans Coyote is predominatePart Seven Trickster Tales Lots of Coyote though for some reason I was expecting a fox, but that would be Japan, wouldn t it Part Eight Stories of Animals and Other People I know another story about his Crow turns black that I like a little better how he steals things, including fire from Eagle and when he carries the burning fire brand to earth the smoke turns his feather s black, and the fire fell to earth and hide inside rocks so that s why today when you strike two rocks together fire comes out The story of the girl marrying the owl is very Cupid and Psyche.Part Nine Ghosts and the Spirit World Some very Orpheus like myths here.Part Ten Visions of the End Mostly what I took away from here is that the Battle of Wounded Knee is something Americans should be ashamed about their history for their entire lives.

  5. says:

    Myths, legends, and fairy tales can carry great wisdom and provide a basis for great literature, or they can be insignificant or even pointless This collection of American Indian myths and legends is extensive, containing over 160 stories from tribes coast to coast, including a few living in Canada Most of the stories, however, carry no great weight, and do not seem very different from the no doubt bowdlerized versions many of us heard at summer camp as children Perhaps the editors didn t make the best selections, or perhaps this material simply hasn t gone through the informal, centuries long process of repetition, reconsideration, and revision that make Greek and Norse mythology or stories like the Epic of Gilgamesh endlessly fascinating even thousands of years after they first appeared I will give the authors three stars for effort, and because I continue to hope there s to these stories than I saw, but on the whole I was disappointed with this book.

  6. says:

    I have always known this to be the definitive collection of Native American myths out there Richard Erdoes travelled around the country to collect these stories from various tribes in order to make sure that they were not lost due to the fact they have been passed down by oral tradition and nobody had ever recorded them before The stories blend from the ancient to modern stories with references to points of American history important to the Native American tribes The collection gives people great insight into these communities and because of that is really worth the time to sit down and read Of course, with any collection of stories there are some that are excellent and others that are not so exciting, but this collection was not put together to entertain but to preserve a culture With that in mind, this is a great collection for anybody interested in Native American mythology and how it fits into the pantheon of world mythologies.

  7. says:

    I m grateful that this compilation exists, but it s a bit of a bittersweet read knowing that many of many of the cultures represented here were decimated, destroyed, and displaced There are an expansive range of myths and legends in this book, so there s something for everyone The appendix at the back is helpful.

  8. says:

    Very cool There s a wide range in stories collected, and as an archaeology student, I like how they give key insights into studying the past and the varied cultures of Native Americans They show both changes and continuities in the lives of Native American communities.

  9. says:

    First read in community college for a history class on Early American History Reread as a book club selection in honor of National Native American Heritage Month.

  10. says:

    This book contains 166 American Indian legends and myths These stories are an insight into the soul of Native American people Most of these come from the earth, plants, herbs, and animals which were an integral part of their culture A myth is also a link between the historic past and present day A myth can be used to celebrate, to mourn, to honor the past Myths are, according to the editors, ever changing emblems of a living religion giving concrete form to a set of beliefs and traditions that link people living today to ancestors from centuries and millennia past The editors make clear that to apply conventional Western logic to these myths and legends is impossible Rather appreciate the insight into a culture and a religion that still exists What is interesting is that several times these myths legends seem to parallel Greek myths legends, two cultures that had no contact The book was fun to read and challenges one to look at a culture and the world in a different way.

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