Native American Storytelling: A Reader of Myths and Legends
Native American Storytelling: A Reader of Myths and Legends
Native American Storytelling: A Reader of Myths and Legends
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The myths and legends in this collection have been selected both for their excellence as stories and because they illustrate the distinctive nature of Native American storytelling. They are drawn from oral traditions of the major culture areas of aboriginal North America, and include trickster tales, origin myths and stories of domestic sexual conflict.In a substantial introduction and headnotes to each story, editor Karl Kroeber highlights the otherness of Native American narratives, in which suspense is insignificant, metaphors hardly used, protagonists are often unnamed and ambiguity of motives is stressed. He reveals the highly practical functions of myths and legends in Native American societies, demonstrating how they helped listeners to explore the efficacy of social practices and cultural institutions, and how they reinforced American Indians' profound spiritual engagement with their natural environment. This collection makes accessible to any reader the uniqueness and diversity of Native American storytelling..

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The myths and legends in this collection have been selected both for their excellence as stories and because they illustrate the distinctive nature of Native American storytelling. They are drawn from oral traditions of the major culture areas of aboriginal North America, and include trickster tales, origin myths and stories of domestic sexual conflict.

In a substantial introduction and headnotes to each story, editor Karl Kroeber highlights the otherness of Native American narratives, in which suspense is insignificant, metaphors hardly used, protagonists are often unnamed and ambiguity of motives is stressed. He reveals the highly practical functions of myths and legends in Native American societies, demonstrating how they helped listeners to explore the efficacy of social practices and cultural institutions, and how they reinforced American Indians’ profound spiritual engagement with their natural environment.

This collection makes accessible to any reader the uniqueness and diversity of Native American storytelling.


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Native American Storytelling - A Reader of Myths and Legends - edited Karl Kroeder starts out with the interesting, and for me new, idea that stories shape our ideas, cultures and way of life. Instead of stories just being there to support old ideas, morals and explain how things came about Native American stories may have been used to test out new ideas. Instead of stories changing over the centuries, reflecting changes within the norms of society it may be that stories, for whatever reason, were used to change society, to explore taboos and question values.

Most of the stories were new to me. Many deal with sex and adult themes so not a book for kids.

Very serious work and a must for any library.

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