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Creation myths of primitive America
Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906.
Uniform Title:
Creation myths of primitive America in relation to the religious history and mental development of mankind
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2002]

Physical Description:
xli, 297 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: Creation myths of primitive America in relation to the religious history and mental development of mankind. Boston : Little, Brown, 1898.
Olelbis -- Olelbis and Mem Loimis -- Norwan -- Tulchuherris -- Sedit and the two brothers Hus -- Hawt -- Norwanchakus and Keriha -- Kele and Sedit -- Kol Tibichi -- Winning of Halai Auna at the House of Tuina -- Hakas and the Tennas -- Ilhataina -- Hitchinna -- Tirukala -- Sukonia' wives and the Ichpul Sisters -- Finding of fire -- Haka Kaina -- Titindi Maupa and Paiowa, the youngest daughter of Wakara -- Two sisters, Haka Lasi and Tsore Jowa -- Dream of Juiwaiyu and his journey to Damhauja's country -- Flight of Tsanunewa and defeat of Hehku -- First battle in the world and the making of the Yana
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The remarkably accurate original translations of Native American myths from one of 19th-century America's foremost linguists.

âeuro;¢ Introduction by scholar Karl Kroeber offers new insight into the significance of Curtin's collection for understanding the creation myth system of Native America

âeuro;¢ Contains original translations of the system of creation myths as told to Curtin by members of the Yana and Wintu tribes

Author Notes

Karl Kroeber is Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University

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Choice Review

Folklorist Curtin's easy and cordial relationship with his Native American sources for these collected myths helped him to see the differences and similarities between the various ancient myths that inform all of us. His special aptitude for languages was unique among anthropologists of his time (1838-1906) and ours. Special in his research was consistent condemnation of federal policies regarding Native peoples and the horrors visited on them by those policies. His diligence in preserving the ancient roots of these stories, many originally published in the annual reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology in the Smithsonian Institution, for which he worked, provides an exceptional resource for scholars today. Originally published in 1898, these tales from the Wintu and Yana peoples of northern California are given a new introduction by scholar of Native American literatures Karl Kroeber. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Anthropologists, scholars, and students of the Native American experience; accessible at all levels. V. L. Schmid Cecil Community College

Table of Contents

Karl Kroeber
Introduction to Jeremiah Curtin: Creation Myths of Primitive Americap. VII
Introductionp. XXV
Olelbisp. 1
Olelbis and Mem Loimisp. 28
Norwanp. 37
Tulchuherrisp. 66
Sedit and the Two Brothers Husp. 89
Hawtp. 97
Norwanchakus and Kerihap. 116
Kele and Seditp. 134
Kol Tibichip. 146
The Winning of Halai Auna at the House of Tuinap. 153
The Hakas and the Tennasp. 161
Ilhatainap. 169
Hitchinnap. 175
Tirukalap. 181
Sukonia's Wives and the Ichpul Sistersp. 188
The Finding of Firep. 194
Haka Kainap. 198
Titindi Maupa and Paiowa, the Youngest Daughter of Wakarap. 206
The Two Sisters, Haka Lasi and Tsore Jowap. 215
The Dream of Juiwaiyu and His Journey to Damhauja's Countryp. 224
The Flight of Tsanunewa and Defeat of Hehkup. 235
The First Battle in the World and the Making of the Yanap. 247
Notesp. 259
Indexp. 287
About the Editorp. 299