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Native American Mythology (1916)

by Hartley Burr Alexander

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If the term be understood as signifying a systematic and conscious arrangement of mythic characters and events, it is certainly a misnomer to speak of the stories of the North American Indians as "mythology".
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I suppose that some of the work in this set, written between 1916 and 1932 and reisused in the 1960s, and again around 2008-2010 has been changed by more recent scholarship, but there is still nothing to equal this fantastic achievement. It includes not only the more familiar myths such as Greek and Roman, but pretty well succeeds in its goal to include all of humanity. The text is extremely detailed but very readable; none of the turgid prose so often associated with academia. One of the most useful parts of the set is the 13th volume, an extremely detailed and completed index, which allows the reader to pursue a theme, or even a topic as specific as the significance of belts, across all the volumes.

The first twelve volumes deal with the mythology of particular regions, as noted in the titles. Although there is not an individual index, the table of contents is fairly detailed, so information can still be retrieved. The volumes include a number of plates, mostly in black-and-white, with line drawings included in the text. The hardcover books appear to have been issued without dust jackets.
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This fascinating and informative compendium of Native American lore recounts the continent's myths chronologically and region-by-region, offering a wide range of nomadic sagas, animist myths, cosmogonies and creation myths, end-time prophecies, and other traditional tales. Legends include stories of sun worship, trickster pranks, the ghost world, and secret societies.

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This fascinating and informative compendium of Native American lore was assembled by one of twentieth-century America's premier ethnographer/anthropologists. Hartley Burr Alexander recounts the continent's myths chronologically and region-by-region, offering a remarkably wide range of nomadic sagas, animist myths, cosmogonies and creation myths, end-time prophecies, and other traditional tales. The stories begin in the far North, among Norsemen and Eskimos, and range through the land of the forest dwellers, with extensive representation of tribes such as the Iroquois and Algonquian. Legends from the Gulf region and Great Plains encompass sun worship and trickster pranks, and from the Indians of the mountain and desert come tales of Navajo gods and episodes from the ghost world. The collection concludes among the natives of the Pacific coast, with stories of secret societies, totemism and totemic spirits, and the Raven Cycle-the supernatural lore surrounding the black bird who hung the sun, moon, and stars in the sky, put the salmon in the rivers and the fish in the sea, and amused itself by fooling people with its shape-shifting tricks.… (more)

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