Book Reviews of American Indian Myths and Legends

American Indian Myths and Legends
American Indian Myths and Legends
Author: Richard Erdoes (Editor), Alfonso Ortiz (Editor)
ISBN-13: 9780394740188
ISBN-10: 0394740181
Publication Date: 8/12/1985
Pages: 544
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Publisher: Pantheon
Book Type: Paperback
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528 pages of amazing native american folklore. includes human cration, world creation, warrior code, love, stories of animals, spirit world, and more. great resource for a teacher.
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This is an ideal choice for anyone interested in Native Americans. What is so nice about this compilation is that it includes legends that aren't the standard ones everyone knows. You will definitely gain new insights and parallels between our native ancestors and your own beliefs.
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Very comprehensive from tales of creation to tricksters and heroes to the end of days -166 tales from North American tribes.
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"American Indian Myths and Legends" is a collection of 166 stories selected and edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz that represent the heart and soul of the native people of North America. In contrast to the more familiar classical myths of ancient Greece and Roman, the genesis for these stories is much more organic, rising from the animals, plants and herb that made up the every day world of the people who told these tales. These tales also reflect the diversity of the peoples group under the name of American Indians, from the Seneca and Alconquian of the East to the White Mountain Apache and Navajo of the Southwest to the Brule Sioux and Nez Perce of the Plains.
However, teachers at any level who are studying myths can certainly find stories that can be used to create fascinating comparison/contrasts with tales on similar subjects from classical, Celtic, Hindu, African, or any other mythology they can get their hands on for class. I can see an excellent unit being developed just on the various creation myths of both humans and the worlds related in this book, which would provoke students to think about what difference the differences in these stories make in terms of how a people view the world and their place in it.
Note: Many of the stories in this volume were collected by the authors in their extensive field research. Others are classic accounts, which are presented in their original forms, while the rest come from 19th-century sources that have been retold by the authors in an effort to do away with the artificial style typical of the period and restore their authenticity. The result is that there is a wide spectrum of American Indian history and culture covered within these pages.
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Very curious stories, an enjoyable read. Some of the tales don't necessarily have a clear ending. Vivid in it's language, you can almost picture these American Indians telling these tales around a fire!