North American Indian Mythology Author:Cottie Burland This book presents the various groups of North American Indians, outlines the principal deities and heroes of their mythology and also recounts the typical beliefs of each region. It introduces the Corn Maidens and the Rolling Heads. It protrays the recurring Trickster figures such as Raven and Rabbit (and incidentally describes how Rabbit dev... more »eloped into Brer Rabbit) and charts notable events such as the romantic origin of tobacco and the vital discovery of maize.
We read of the Eskimo, living in a harsh and unpredictable wasteland, attributing spirit natures to the food animals that were so important to him. We follow the heroic myths of the war-like Sioux and Comanche as they hunted the great buffalo herds. We trace the more elaborate myths and ceremonials of the settled Apache and Navajo of the southern desert.
Ths book is illistrated throughout with photographs that not only illuminate and amplify the text but offer efidence of the fine craftsmanship of a simple people.
24 coulour pages. Over 100 black and white illustrations.« less