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Myths of the Cherokee

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Publisher Comments:

Noted anthropologist James Mooney (1861-1921) spent much of his life studying American Indians. In North Carolina, he lived for several years with the Cherokee, studying their language, culture, and mythology. His research resulted in this comprehensive volume, comprising 126 Cherokee myths, including sacred stories, animal myths, local legends, wonder stories, historical traditions, and miscellaneous myths and legends.

Among the myths included are these:

How the World Was Made; Origin of Strawberries; Why the Deer's Teeth Are Blunt; How the Turkey Got His Beard; The Rattlesnake's Vengeance; The Ice Man; The First Fire; Why the Possum's Tail Is Bare; The Bride from the South; The Water Cannibals; The Haunted Whirlpool; The War Medicine, and many more.

In addition to his clear retelling of the myths themselves, the author provides extensive background information on Cherokee history, notes on the myths, parallels between Cherokee and other myths, and further important information. Anyone interested in mythology or Native American legend and lore will welcome this treasury of authentic tales presented in the context of Cherokee history, life, and culture.

Book News Annotation:

Anthropologist James Mooney (1861-1921) spent much of his life studying American Indians, living for several years with a group of Cherokee while studying their language, culture, and mythology. This volume (first published in 1900) is the result, comprising 126 Cherokee sacred stories, animal myths, and local legends, as well as extensive background information and history.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

126 myths: sacred stories, animal myths, local legends, many more. Plus background on Cherokee history, notes on the myths and parallels. Features 20 maps and illustrations.

Synopsis:

Comprehensive selection of 126 myths, including sacred stories, animal myths, local legends, wonder stories, historical traditions, and miscellaneous myths and legends. Also, extensive background on Cherokee history, notes on the myths, parallels between Cherokee and other myths, much more. 20 maps and illustrations.

Table of Contents

I Introduction

II Historical sketch of the Cherokee

    The traditionary period

    The period of Spanish exploration-1540-?

    The Colonial and Revolutionary period-1654-1784

    Relations with the United States

      From the first treaty to the Removal-1785-1838

      The Removal-1838-1839

      The Arkansas band-1817-1838

      The Texas band-1817-1900

      The Cherokee Nation of the West-1840-1900

      The East Cherokee-1838-1900

III Notes to the historical sketch

IV Stories and story-tellers

V The myths

    Cosmogonic myths

    1. How the world was made

    2. The first fire

    3. Kana'ti and Selu: Origin of corn and game

    4. Origin of disease and medicine

    5. The Daughter of the Sun: Origin of death

    6. How they brought back the Tobacco

    7. The journey to the sunrise

    8. The Moon an the Thunders

    9. What the Stars are like

    10. Origin of the Pleiades and the Pine

    11. The milky way

    12. Origin of strawberries

    13. The Great Yellow-jacket: Origin of fish and frogs

    14. The Deluge

    Quadruped myths

    15. The four-footed tribes

    16. The Rabbit goes duck hunting

    17. How the Rabbit stole the Otter's coat

    18. Why the Possum's tail is bare

    19. How the Wildcat caught the turkeys

    20. How the Terrapin beat the Rabbit

    21. The Rabbit and the tar wolf

    22. The Rabbit and the Possum after a wife

    23. The Rabbit dines the Bear

    24. The Rabbit escapes from the wolves

    25. Flint visits the Rabbit

    26. How the Deer got his horns

    27. Why the Deer's teeth are blunt

    28. What became of the Rabbit

    29. Why the Mink smells

    30. Why the Mole lives under ground

    31. The Terrapin's escape from 'the wolves

    32. Origin of the Groundhog dance: The Groundhog's head

    33. The migration of the animals

    34. The Wolf's revenge: The Wolf and the Dog

  Bird myths

    35. The bird tribes

    36. The ball game of the birds and animals

    37. How the Turkey got his beard

    38. Why the Turkey gobbles

    39. How the Kingfisher got his bill

    40. How the Partridge got his whistle

    41. How the Redbird got his color

    42. The Pheasant beating corn: The Pheasant dance

    43. The race between the Crane and the Humming-bird

    44. The Owl gets married

    45. The Huhu gets married

    46. Why the Buzzard's head is bare

    47. The Eagle's revenge

    48. The Hunter an the Buzzard

  "Snake, fish, and insect myths"

    49. The snake tribe

    50. The Uktena and the Ulûñsû´ti

    51. Âgan-Uni´tsi's search for the Uktena

    52. The Red Man and the Uktena

    53. The Hunter and the Uksu´hi

    54. The Ustû´tli

    55. The Uw'tsûñ´ta

    56. The Snake Boy

    57. The Snake Man

    58. The Rattlesnake's vengeance

    59. "The smaller reptiles, fishes, and insects"

    60. Why the Bullfrog's head is striped

    61. The Bullfrog lover

    62. The Katydid's warning

  Wonder stories

    63. "Ûñtsaiyi´, the Gambler"

    64. The nest of the Tla´nuwa

    65. The Hunter and the Tla´nuwa

    66. "U'tlûñ´ta, the Spear-finger"

    67. "Nûñ´yunu´wi, the stone man"

    68. The Hunter in the Dakwa´

    69. "Atagâ´hi, the enchanted lake"

    70. The Bride from the south

    71. The Ice Man

    72. The Hunter and Selu

    73. The underground panthers

    74. The Tsundige´wi

    75. Origin of the Bear: The Bear songs

    76. The Bear Man

    77. The Great Leech of Tlanusi´yi

    78. The Nûñne´hi and other spirit folk

    79. The removed townhouses

    80. The spirit defenders of Nikwasi´

    81. "Tsul'kaû´, the slant-eyed giant"

    82. "Kana´sta, the lost settlement"

    83. "Tsuwe´nahi, a legend of Pilot knob"

    84. The man who married the Thunder's sister

    85. The haunted whirlpool

    86. Yahula

    87. The water cannibals

  Historical traditions

    88. First contact with whites

    89. The Iroquois wars

    90. "Hiadeoni, the Seneca"

    91. The two Mohawks

    92. Escape of the Seneca boys

    93. The unseen helpers

    94. Hatciñondoñ's escape from the Cherokee

    95. Hemp-carrier

    96. The Seneca peacemakers

    97. Origin of the Yontoñwisas dance

    98. Ga'na's adventures among the Cherokee

    99. The Shawano wars

    100. The raid on Tikwali´tsi

    101. The last Shawano invasion

    102. The false warriors of Chilhowee

    103. Cowee town

    104. The eastern tribes

    105. The southern and western tribes

    106. The giants from the west

    107. The lost Cherokee

    108. The massacre of the Ani´-Kuta´ni

    109. The war medicine

    110. Incidents of personal heroism

    111. The mounds and the constant fire: The old sacred things

  Miscellaneous myths and legends

    112. The ignorant housekeeper

    113. The man in the stump

    114. Two lazy hunters

    115. The two old men

    116. The star feathers

    117. The Mother Bear's song

    118. "Baby song, to please the children"

    119. When babies are born: The Wren and the Cricket

    120. The Raven Mocker

    121. Herbert's spring

    122. Local legends of North Carolina

    123. Local legends of South Carolina

    124. Local legends of Tennessee

    125. Local legends of Georgia

    126. Plant lore

VI Notes and parallels

VII Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486289076
Author:
Mooney, James
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Cherokee Indians
Subject:
Five civilized tribes
Subject:
Cherokee Indians -- History.
Subject:
Cherokee mythology.
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Native American
Series Volume:
ch.90
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.79 lb

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126 myths: sacred stories, animal myths, local legends, many more. Plus background on Cherokee history, notes on the myths and parallels. Features 20 maps and illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
Comprehensive selection of 126 myths, including sacred stories, animal myths, local legends, wonder stories, historical traditions, and miscellaneous myths and legends. Also, extensive background on Cherokee history, notes on the myths, parallels between Cherokee and other myths, much more. 20 maps and illustrations.
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