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The Myths of the North American Indians [Copertina rigida]

Lewis Spence , E. Werner

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gennaio 2010
North American Indian has so long been an object of the deepest interest that the neglect of his picturesque and original mythologies and the tales to which they have given rise is difficult of comprehension. In boyhood we are wont to regard him as an instrument specially designed for the execution of tumultuous incident, wherewith heart-stirring fiction may be manufactured. In manhood we are too apt to consider him as only fit to be put aside with the matter ofF aery and such evanescent stuff and relegated to the limbo of imagination. Satiated with his constant recurrence in the tales of our youth, we are perhaps but too ready to hearken credulously to accounts which picture him as a disreputable vagabond, getting a precarious living by petty theft or the manufacture of bead ornaments. It is, indeed, surprising how vague a picture theN orth American Indian presents to the minds of most people in Europe when all that recent anthropological research has done on the subject is taken into account. As a matter of fact, few books have been published in England which furnish more than the scantiest details concerning the Red Race, and these are in general scarce, and, when obtained, of doubtful scientific value. The primary object of this volume is to furnish the reader with a general view of the mythologies of the Red Man of North A merica, accompanied by such historical and ethnological information as will assist him in gauging the real conditions under which this most interesting section of humanity existed.
(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)

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3.0 su 5 stelle Interesting and full of stories, but I do not trust it 23 novembre 2012
Di Kurt A. Johnson - Pubblicato su
Formato:Copertina flessibile
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.
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4.0 su 5 stelle North American Indians 25 gennaio 2005
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This book is a collection of Native American myths and legends from all over North America. There are stories from many different tribes, like the Pawnees, the Chinooks, and the Haida. One of my favorites is from the Algonquin tribe. The story is about how Glooskap, the Algonquin Sun god, conquered all the evil spirits to be found. Then he met his match at the hands of a baby. He was trying to get the baby to come to him, but the baby refused to move. Finally, Glooskap ran away in frustration, and that myth ended.

This book has a section for myths and legends, and a section for information about the legends. The legends were really good, but the informational part of the book, for example, Chapter One, on the customs of Native Americans, was really boring because it failed to capture my interest.

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