This book was first published in 1914, and is one of the works of the eminent Scottish folklorist, Lewis Spence (1874-1955). In this book, Mr. Spence attempts to give the reader an understanding of the customs and religious thoughts of the North American Indians, presenting them as a unified system, but with variations among the various "nations," including the Algonquians, Iroquois, Sioux, Pawnee, and Northern and Northwestern Indians. The book is broad in its reach, discussing everything from shamanism, through the various stories of gods and heroes.
Now, I must admit to being of two minds about this book. On the positive side, it does discuss a lot of interesting stories, and puts them in an easy-to-understand style. On the negative side, in attempting to make the North American stories easily understood, he often makes references to European myths. The problem with this is that, with his numerous references to such things as "faerie women," I could not help but wonder if I was getting a good understand of how the North American natives themselves understood these stories, or if I was getting a distorted view of how they understood them. Indeed, on page 75, he reports one female spirit as saying, "Look at me, Indian." Would an Indian really have said that, or would he have said, "Look at me, young man," or something similar? The difference is a matter of trust in the material.
So, while this book is interested, and crammed full of stories from the North American natives, I do not feel like I really trust it. As such, I cannot bring myself to recommend it.