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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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Notes on the Shoshonean Dialects of Southern California, Score CA Nsd

By: A. L. Kroeber

Description: This short monograph has some of the last linguistic data on the long extinct Native Southern Californian languages salvaged by A. L. Kroeber, the dean of Native Californian linguistics.

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Chinook Texts, Score Nam Chinook

By: Franz Boas

Description:The Chinook tribes inhabited the salmon-rich lower Columbia river area in the Northwest culture region, in what is now upper Oregon and lower Washington state. As is evident from these texts, fishing was at the center of their culture, and the

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The Old North Trail, Score Nam Ont

By: Walter McClintock

Description: Walter McClintock went to Montana with a US Forestry Service expedition in 1896. He spent the next four years living on the land with the Blackfeet, one of the most northern of the Great Plains tribes. He was adopted into the tribe by the Chi

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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 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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American Indian Fairy Tales, Score Nam Ait

By: Margaret Compton

Description: This is a collection of Native American folklore, retold for children and young adults, over a century ago. The author, probably not a Native American herself, drew on authentic lore from a wide variety of culture regions, but sprinkled in st

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The Navajo Indians

By: William M. Edwardy

Description: Fort Wingate, the largest military post in the Southwest, is situated some three miles south of the line of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, and not many miles from the Arizona border. Department head-quarters are situated here, and a garrison of nine companies, mostly of the Sixth United States Cavalry, and one company of Indian scouts is constantly maintained. This large force is considered necessary to guard against any possible outbreak of the Navajo I...

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Popul Vuh

By: Delia Goetz
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Tales of the North American Indians

By: Stith Thompson

Description: During the past century the untiring labors of a score or two of field workers have gathered from the North American Indians by far the most extensive body of tales representative of any primitive people. These tales are available in government reports, folk-lore journals, and publications of learned societies. Unfortunately, the libraries in which more than a small portion of them can be examined are few, and even in the largest libraries the very wealth of...

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Jicarilla Apache Texts, Score Nam Jat

By: Pliny Earle Goddard

Description: The Jicarilla Apache lived in what is now Northern New Mexico and Eastern Colorado. Their name means 'Little Baskets'. Along with the Navaho they were among the southernmost of the Athabascans. They are grouped with the Plains indians, due to

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Achomawi and Atsugewi Tales and Achomawi Myths, Score CA Aat

By: Roland B. Dixon

Description: These two articles include myths of the Achomawi and Atsugewi, who lived in the north-eastern Sierra Nevada of California

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Rig Veda Americanus

By: Daniel G. Brinton

Description: In accordance with the general object of this series of volumes--which is to furnish materials for study rather than to offer completed studies--I have prepared for this number the text of the most ancient authentic record of American religious lore. From its antiquity and character, I have ventured to call this little collection the RIG VEDA AMERICANUS, after the similar cyclus of sacred hymns, which are the most venerable product of the Aryan mind. As fo...

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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 Lore and the Lure of the Yosemite, Score CA Liy

By: H. E. Wilson

Description: This short book about Yosemite Valley and its original inhabitants was written early in the 20th century. Of particular interest are the photographs, which are all in the public domain; while not as gorgeous as those taken in later years by A

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Ethnography of the Cahuilla Indians, Score CA Eci

By: A. L. Kroeber

Description: This is a short ethnography of the Cahuilla, who inhabited the desert of Southern California. This mostly covers material culture. However, Kroeber also includes some notes on place names, which solves the debate about where the city names Cu

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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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Aw-aw-tam Indian Nights Myths and Legends of the Pimas, Score Nam Ain

By: J. William Lloyd

Description: This is a rare book of Pima folklore, transcribed by a sympathetic amateur ethnographer at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Pima live in the arid deserts of southern Arizona, and originally survived by horticulture and hunting/gath

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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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Seneca Indian Myths, Score Nam Sim

By: Jeremiah Curtin

Description: The Seneca are one of the members of the powerful Iroquois tribe, and live in the western part of New York State, along the shores of Lake Ontario to the west of the Finger Lake region. This huge (500 page) book of Seneca myths was collected

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