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Folklife of the West #2: The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West

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After a career working and living with American Indians and studying their traditions, Barre Toelken has written this sweeping study of Native American folklore in the West. Within a framework of performance theory, cultural worldview, and collaborative research, he examines Native American visual arts, dance, oral tradition (story and song), humor, and patterns of thinking and discovery to demonstrate what can be gleaned from Indian traditions by Natives and non-Natives alike. In the process he considers popular distortions of Indian beliefs, demystifies many traditions by showing how they can be comprehended within their cultural contexts, considers why some aspects of Native American life are not meant to be understood by or shared with outsiders, and emphasizes how much can be learned through sensitivity to and awareness of cultural values.

Winner of the 2004 Chicago Folklore Prize, The Anguish of Snails is an essential work for the collection of any serious reader in folklore or Native American studies.

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Toelken (English, Utah State U.) has written an ardent account of the many levels, permutations, and issues that pertain to studying Native American folklore. An introductory chapter is devoted to the issues inherent with study in the field. The visual arts, dance, story, song, and humor are each considered in chapters that reflect the authors' long knowledge and personal experience with the subjects. Many color plates are included. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874215564
Author:
Toelken, Barre
Publisher:
Utah State University Press
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians of North America -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Oral tradition -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Folklife of the West
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 13
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in 0.14 lb
Age Level:
18-UP

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History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Native American » Mythology
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling
Humanities » Mythology » Native American
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