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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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The Dîné Origin Myths of the Navaho Indians

By: Aileen O'Bryan

Description: Ethnological presentation of Navaho mythology, from the Smithsonian Bulletin. Contains rare and no longer in print material essential to the understanding of the history of this tribe

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Tsimshian Texts : New Series, Score Nam Tst

By: Franz Boas

Description: This is a collection of texts from the Tsimshian, who lived (and continue to reside) on the northwestern coast of British Columbia. An earlier (1902) collection of Tsimshian Texts by Boas, is also available at sacred-texts. The first three

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Old Indian Legends, Score Nam Oil

By: Zitkala-sa

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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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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Yaqui Myths and Legends, Score Nam Yml

By: R. W. Giddings

Description: This is a delightful collection of Yaqui folklore, illustrated with line drawings which invest Mexican folk-art motifs with quaint atomic-age cheerfulness. The Yaqui are part of the Southwestern Native American culture-group, and live in the

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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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The Traditions of the Hopi, Score Nam Toth

By: H. R. Voth

Description: This book of Hopi folklore, collected by an ethnographer early in the 20th century, is one of the most extensive available. It is now known that the Hopi were a bit selective in what they told the earliest researchers, but this does not lesse

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An Inquiry Into the Animism and Folk-lore of the Guiana Indians, S...

By: Walter E. Roth

Description: When, some seven years ago, I took up the duties of stipendiary magistrate, medical officer, and protector of Indians in this mosquito-cursed district of the Pomeroon, I determined upon devoting all my spare time—and there has been plenty of

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Navaho Myths, Prayers, and Songs, Score Nam Nmps

By: Washington Matthews

Description: The Navajo are a tribe of Native Americans who live in the southwestern United States. They speak the Navajo language, and many are members of the Navajo Nation, an independent government structure which manages the Navajo reservation in the

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The Code of Handsome Lake the Seneca Prophet

By: Arthur C. Parker

Description: Handsome Lake (1735-1815) was a religious reformer among the Iroquois, the prominent alliance of New York tribes. His 'Code', presented in this book in full, attempted to simplify the spiritual practices of the Iroquois, preaching temperance, a strict moral code, and self-determination. It also contains some startling prophecies: Handsome Lake believed the world would end (by fire) in the year 2100; he predicted the destruction of the environment, famines, a...

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Myths and Tales of the Southeastern Indians, Score Nam Mtsi

By: John R. Swanton

Description: This collection of stories from the Southeastern Native American region covers mythology and folklore from the Creek, Hitchiti, Alabama, Kosati, and Natchez. The Creek (including the Alabama, Hitichi and Kosati) originally lived in northern M

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The Culture of the Luiseño Indians, Score CA Coli

By: P. S. Sparkman

Description: This monograph is a posthumous publication; the author died in 1907. Sparkman spent years studying the Luiseño people, who resided in the approximate area of Orange County in California. The text mostly covers material culture, but includes d

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The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees, Score Nam Sfoc

By: James Mooney

Description: This is an ethnographic description of Cherokee shamanistic practice. Based on several manuscripts written by Cherokee shamans of the 19th Century, this includes the actual text of the rituals to treat various diseases, information on herbs u

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A Mission Record of the California Indians, Score CA Mrci

By: A. L. Kroeber

Description: This is an 'interrogatorio,' a survey taken in 1811 by the Spanish government of Mexico regarding the status of the Native Californians at each mission in Alta California, translated and heavily annotated by A.L. Kroeber. Along with Boscana's

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The Iroquois Book of Rites, Score Nam Ibr

By: Horatio Hale

Description: This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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Truth of a Hopi, Score Nam Toah

By: Edmund Nequatewa

Description: This is one of the rarest types of ethnographic documents, one actually written by a native American. Mr. Nequatewa ably relates some of the mythological stories also covered by Voth. However, the bulk of this book--by far the most valuable s

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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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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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Yucatan Before and After the Conquest

By: Diego De Landa

Description: Among the many 'bad guys' in the history of sacred texts, the Friar Diego de Landa has to occupy a special circle in hell. In 1562, de Landa conducted an 'Auto de fé' in Maní where in addition to 5000 'idols,' he burned 27 books in Maya writing. This one act deprived future generations of a huge body of Mayan literature. He culturally impoverished the descendents of the Mayas, and left only four codices for scholars to puzzle over. The document translated ...

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