These collected myths of Indian tribes in California and the Southwest were first published in 1912 and are introduced in this Bison Book edition by Peter Iverson. Here are the Zuni, Pima, Paiute, Shastika, and Miwok stories of the creation of the universe, animals, and humans. They tell of good and evil, the entrance of death into the world, great floods and fire, and the origins of names. Also included are fables, rain songs, the Paiute song of the Ghost Dance, and legends of Yosemite Valley. We find here the Zuni legends of Corn Maidens and the Navajo tale of the boy who became a god. Coyote in his guises as trickster, benefactor, and dupe appears prominently in the myths of the Achomawis, Gallinomeros, Miwoks, Nishinams, Pimas, Ashochimis, Karoks, Paiutes, and Sias (Zia Pueblos). Here, too, are such creators and destroyers as Old Mole, Spider, Snake, Measuring Worm, Raven, and Macaw, and a host of anthropomorphized animals and natural forces. Katharine Berry Judson was a professor of history at the University of Washington who also compiled and edited "Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest". Peter Iverson provides an updated view of her work in his introduction.
He is a professor of history at Arizona State University, Tempe, and the author of "The Navajo Nation" and "The Navajos".
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 255
Weight: 341 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
Edition: New edition