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Pima Indian Legends (1968) [Collection]
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Coyote, Eagleman, Little Bobcat, Elder Brother, Mountain Lion, Juvet-Makai the Medicine Man, Roadrunner, Morning Star - and many other favorite Pima characters appear in these charming folktales set down by Anna Moore Shaw, a full-blood Pima Indian, just as they had been told to her and her brothers when they were young. But not in the same form. These legends, which she first heard in the early 1900s in a conservative Pima village in southern Arizona, were recounted originally in the Piman tongue. Over the years they have been modified as the cultural traditions of those who learned them have changed. The tales are delightful reading, but in addition they demonstrate something of the process of cultural adaptation. As they came more and more to be told in English, whole elements no longer appropriate were either reworded or dropped. Sensing that the legends would probably not be transmitted by her children to the succeeding generation, Mrs. Shaw began recording them in the 1930s so that others might enjoy them....The evil deeds of Se-eh-ha (Elder Brother), Coyote's mischievous tricks, how Gray Arrow learned a lesson - each story will appeal to readers of all ages. The innate charm of the tales is further enhanced by the delightful illustrations of Matt Tashquinth, himself a Pima.
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Contents:
- Introduction
- The Great Flood
- The Creation
- Se-eh-ha Conquers the River People
- The Maze, or Se-eh-ha's House
- The Rattlesnake Receives His Fangs
- The Legends of Eagleman
- Hohokam - The People Who Are Gone
- A Potsherd Speaks
- Little Yellow Bird
- The Haughty Chief
- The Great Hunters
- Coyote Retrieves His Brother's Scalp
- Coyote's Trip to the Land Above
- Why Coyote's Coat is the Color of Sand
- Turtle Feeds His Children
- The Quail Clan Punishes Coyote
- Little Frog Repays Coyote
- Coyote's Vanity
- Coyote Bun and the Turkey
- Coyote Eats His Own Fat
- Legend of the Roadrunner
- Beaver Tail and the Eagles
- Gray Arrow Learns a Lesson
- Morning Star and Meteor

Original title: Pima Indian Legends
Original languages: English

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Genre: MythologyRetellingsAmericas
Fairy Tales & FolkloreRetellings


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Pima Indian Legends (1968)
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Language: English

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ISBN: 0816501866

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