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A Saboba Origin-myth, Score CA Som

By: Geo. W. James

Description: This is a short article on the origin myth of the native Californians of the Tehachapi mountain region, written over a hundred years ago. This area traditionally marks the bounday between northern and southern California. Although this articl

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Mythology of the Mission Indians, Score CA Mmi

By: C. G. Du Bois

Description: This is a collection of papers by Constance Goddard Du Bois on the mythology of the Luiseño and Diegueño Indians of Southern California

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The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel, Score Nam Cbc

By: Ralph L. Roys

Description: The Mayan Chilam Balam books are named after Yucatec towns such as Chumayel, Mani, and Tizimin, and are usually collections of disparate texts in which Mayan and Spanish traditions have coalesced. The Yucatec Mayas ascribed these to a legenda

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Noqoìlpi, the Gambler, a Navajo Myth

By: Washington Matthews

Description: In the cañon of the Chaco, in northern New Mexico, there are many ruins of ancient pueblos which are still in a fair state of preservation, in some of them entire apartments being yet, it is said, intact. One of the largest of these is called by the Navajos Kintyèl or Kintyèli, which signifies Broad-house. It figures frequently in their legends and is the scene of a very interesting rite-myth, which I have in my collection. I have reason to believe that this...

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Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo

By: Henry Rink

Description: As regards their development when they first became known to modern Europeans, the Eskimo may be classed with the prehistoric races of the age of the ground stone tools with the exceptional use of metals. It has been usual to designate all nations of this kind as savages; some authors have even described them as being totally destitute of those mental qualities through which any kind of culture is manifested, such as social order, laws, sciences, arts, and e...

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Navajo Origin Legend, Score Nam Nol

By: A. M. Stephen

Description: The Navajo, who call themselves Dine (The People) are the largest Native American group in North America. Their tales of emergence and migration are similar to other Southwestern tribes such as the Hopi (with whom they have a long running r

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Ruth Bunzel on Zuñi Religion, Score Nam Bunzel

By: Ruth Bunzel

Description: Three English versions of Zuñi origin myths have already been published. Cushing published his Outlines of Zuñi Creation Myths (Thirteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology) in 1891. The next published version is that contained in Mr

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The Legend of Tauquich and Algoot

By: Geo. W. James

Description: George Wharton James (1858–1923) was a prolific popular lecturer, photographer and journalist, writing more than 40 books and many articles and pamphlets on California and the American Southwest. James was born in Lincolnshire, England. He was ordained as a Methodist minister and came to the United States in 1881, serving in parishes in Nevada and southern California. However, in 1889 he was sued for divorce, accused by his wife with committing numerous acts...

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The Shepherd and the Daughter of the Sun, Score Nam Inca

By: Sacred Texts

Description: This section is from the book Serbian Fairy Tales, by Elodie L. Muatovich. Also available from Amazon: Serbian Fairy Tales. Read more: http:/chestofbooks.com/fairy-tale/Serbian/The-Shepherd-And-The-King-s-Daughter-Part-2.html#.U-ipW-OSy8o#

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Zuñi Folk Tales, Score Nam Zft

By: F. H. Cushing

Description: This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends i

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The Algonquin Legends of New England

By: Charles G. Leland

Description: Algonquin Legends of New England

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Myths of Mexicon and Peru, Score Nam Mmp

By: Lewis Spence

Description: The ancient cultures of Mexico & Peru are renowned for their imposing architecture & the cruelty of their religious practices. The intriguing myths on which their beliefs were based -- the tales of the feathered god Quetzalcoatl & his enemy T

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Creation Myths of Primitive America

By: Jeremiah Curtin

Description: Despite the title, which suggests that this is a comprehensive study of Native American creation myths, this is actually a very good set of animal myths from two tribes of California, the Wintu and Yana. These tribes inhabited the northern Central Valley; the Yana are closely related to the Yahi, the tribe of Ishi, the 'last wild Indian'. Also, these are not creation myths per se; they are tales from an epic cycle about the proto-animal inhabitants of the Ca...

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The Peyote Cult, Score Nam Pey

By: Paul Radin

Description: Peyote has never been a drug for thrill seekers. The small, hard cactus is difficult to obtain. It tastes vile, ingestion normally leads to painful vomiting, and the effects are more subtle than other psychedelics. The Native American Peyot

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Myths and Legends of the Sioux, Score Nam Sioux

By: Marie L. McLaughlin

Description: This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the

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Eskimo Folk-tales, Score Nam Eft

By: Knud Rasmussen

Description: These stories were collected in various parts of Greenland, taken down from the lips of the Eskimo story-tellers themselves, by Knud Rasmussen, the Danish explorer. The illustrations are done by native Eskimo artists. No man is better qualifi

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Legends and Myths of the Aboriginal Indians of British Guiana, Sco...

By: W. H. Brett

Description: William Henry Brett was a missionary to the Natives of British Guiana, and by his own account, was quite evangelical. Thus, as with all works written by agents of Western power, this book should be read with care. In addition, the entire book

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Yana Texts, Score CA Yat

By: Edward Sapir

Description: This is a collection of texts from the Yana, a native Californian people who spoke a Hokan language. The Yana lived in the north-eastern Sacramento region of California, east of Redding and north of Chico. Their mythology was very similar to

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The Cherokee Ball Play

By: James Mooney

Description: Among their other many cultural gifts to the world, Native Americans contributed the game which later became known as Lacrosse. The Cherokee Ball Play vividly describes the ethnography of this sport with particular attention to its ritual significance. This sport served as means of community social cohesion, an occasion for some big wagers, a surrogate for battle with other villages, and sounds like a great deal of fun. Many of the ceremonial aspects will b...

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The Mythology of the Diegueños

By: C. G. Du Bois

Description: Constance Goddard Du Bois (1889-1934) was an American novelist and an ethnographer, writing extensively between 1899 and 1908 about the native peoples and cultures of southern California. Her published fiction included several short stories plus six novels. Her most enduring contribution was as a self-taught ethnographer, doing pioneering studies in a period when professional academic anthropology was just becoming established in the United States. Starting ...

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