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American Indian Myths and Legends

Product no.: 0-394-74018-1
Gathering 160 tales from 80 tribal groups to offer a rich and lively panarama of the Native American mythic heritage. 100 illustrations.

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From all across the continent come tales of creation, 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, have added a broad selection of contemporary Indian voices to the best folkloric sources of the nineteenth century to make this the most comprehensive and authentic volume of American Indian myths available anywhere.

"We have nothing more universal than our folk myths, and in this book is probably the most comprehensive and diverse collection of American Indian legends ever compiled. A worthy and welcome addition to the literature of our native peoples."     ~Dee Brown


"For longer than anyone knows, Indians throughout the Americas have smoked tobacco and other plants for pleasure and for praying. The smoke was the Great Spirit's breath taking the prayers up to the Ones Above. With a pipe in his hands, a man could speak nothing but the truth.

Sir Walter Raleigh learned the use of tobacco from the Indians. When he first had a smoke in a London inn, the bartender, thinking that he was on fire, emptied a tankard of ale over him. To the white man, smoking became an addiction; but to the native American, pipe and tobacco were sacred and smoking was a holy ritual. A man who had killed a member of his own tribe could not smoke ritually with the others. He had to smoke a mean little pipe all by himself - hard punishment."       ~Blackfoot

Editor Erdoes, Richard
Coeditor Ortiz, Alfonso
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 527 pp.
Publisher Pantheon Books 1984
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