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Surviving Through the Days: Translations of Native California Stories and Songs; A California Indian Reader

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Publisher Comments:

This anthology of treasures from the oral literature of Native California, assembled by an editor admirably sensitive to language, culture, and history, will delight scholars and general readers alike. Herbert Luthin's generous selection of stories, anecdotes, myths, reminiscences, and songs is drawn from a wide sampling of California's many Native cultures, and although a few pieces are familiar classics, most are published here for the first time, in fresh literary translations. The translators, whether professional linguists or Native scholars and storytellers, are all acknowledged experts in their respective languages, and their introductions to each selection provide welcome cultural and biographical context. Augmenting and enhancing the book are Luthin's engaging, informative essays on topics that range from California's Native languages and oral-literary traditions to critical issues in performance, translation, and the history of California literary ethnography.

Synopsis:

"This unique and original book sets the standard for such volumes. I can't see anyone coming along for quite some time who would be able to supersede it or top it for quality and inclusiveness."—Brian Swann, editor of Coming to Light

"It is a masterful treatment of oral literature…a wonderful combination of great verbal art and sound scholarship, carefully crafted so that the collection begins and ends with a powerful creation tale."—Leanne Hinton, author of Flutes of Fire

"Since each of the contributing specialists has first-hand familiarity with the material, the translations are of unusual authenticity and the annotations are of unusual insightfulness. Luthin's own introductory sections are especially vivid and well-informed."—William Bright, author of A Coyote Reader

Synopsis:

An annotated anthology of classic and contemporary works of Native Californian oral literature in translation, featuring selections from this state's many distinct native cultures.

About the Author

Herbert W. Luthin is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Clarion University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Pronunciation Guide

Song from the myth "Kwikumat Became Sick," Quechan

General Introduction

Making Texts, Reading Translations

Part 1. Selections

"Creation Songs," Cupeño

1. Kwaw Labors to Form a World

Atsugewi, 1996

Northwestern California

Doctor dance song, Yurok

2. Test-chas (The Tidal Wave)

Tolowa, 1985

3. "The Young Man from Serper" and Other Stories

Yurok, 1951, 1985-1988

4. Coyote and Old Woman Bullhead

Karuk, circa 1930

5. The Devil Who Died Laughing

Karuk, 1950

6. "The Boy Who Grew Up at Takimilding" and Other Stories

Hupa, 1963-1964

7. The Bear Girl

Chimariko, 1921

North-Central California

Spell said by a girl desirous of getting a husband, Northern Yana

8. How My Father Found the Deer

Achumawi, 1970

9. Naponoha (Cocoon Man)

Atsugewi, 1931

10. A Story of Lizard

Yahi, 1915

11. A Selection of Wintu Songs

Wintu, 1929-1931

12. Loon Woman: He-who-is-made-beautiful, She-who-becomes-loon

Wintu, 1929

13. Four Songs from Grace McKibbin

Wintu, circa 1982

14. How I Became a Dreamer

Nomlaki, 1935

15. Mad Bat

Maidu, circa 1902

16. Creation

Eastern Pomo, 1930

17. The Trials of Young Hawk

Southern Pomo, 1940

18. The Woman Who Loved a Snake

Cache Creek Pomo, 1988

19. The Dead Peoples Home

Lake Miwok, 1980

South-Central California

Excerpt from "The Ciqneq Myth," Ventureño Chumash

20. Two Stories from the Central Valley

"Visit to the Land of the Dead": Chawchila Yokuts, 1931

"Condor Steals Falcons Wife": Yowlumni Yokuts, 1930

21. The Contest between Men and Women

Tübatulabal, circa 1932

22. The Dog Girl

Ineseño Chumash, 1913

Southern California

Excerpt from an account of "The Soul," Quechan

23. The Creation

Serrano, 1963

24. A Harvest of Songs from Villiana Calac Hyde

Luiseño, 1988-1992

25. From "The Life of Hawk Feather": The Bear Episodes

Cupeño, 1962 and 1920

26. In the Desert with Hipahipa

Mojave, 1902

27. An Account of Origins

Quechan (Yuma), 1908

Part 2. Essays on Native California Languages and Oral Literatures

"When I Have Donned My Crest of Stars," Kiliwa

A Brief History of Collection

"Womens Brush Dance Song," Luiseño

Notes on Native California Oral Literatures

Funeral speech, Quechan

Notes on Native California Languages

Maps

Bibliography

Acknowledgments of Permissions

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520222700
Editor:
Luthin, Herbert W.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Editor:
Luthin, Herbert W.
Author:
Applegate, Richard
Author:
Bommelyn, Loren
Author:
Lang, Julian
Author:
Klar, Kathryn
Author:
Sarris, Greg
Author:
Oswalt, Robert
Author:
Perry, Jean
Author:
Bright, William
Author:
Hymes, Dell
Author:
Shepherd, Alice
Author:
Luthin, Herbert W.
Author:
Amen, Reitha B.
Author:
Hinton, Leanne
Author:
Callaghan, Catherine
Author:
Turner, Katherine
Author:
Wilson, Darryl Babe
Author:
Shipley, William
Author:
Loether, Chrsitopher
Author:
Luthin,
Author:
Turner, Katherine Leonard
Author:
Golla, Victor
Author:
Hill, Jane H.
Author:
Bibby, Brian
Author:
Gamble, Geoffrey
Author:
Hill, Kenneth C.
Author:
Elliott, Eric
Author:
Herbert W.
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Indian mythology
Subject:
Indians of North America -- California.
Subject:
Indians of North America -- California -- Music.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Edition, A California Indian Reader
Series Volume:
98-7
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w photographs, 5 maps, 4 musical ex
Pages:
651
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.5 in 2.04 lb

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"This unique and original book sets the standard for such volumes. I can't see anyone coming along for quite some time who would be able to supersede it or top it for quality and inclusiveness."—Brian Swann, editor of Coming to Light

"It is a masterful treatment of oral literature…a wonderful combination of great verbal art and sound scholarship, carefully crafted so that the collection begins and ends with a powerful creation tale."—Leanne Hinton, author of Flutes of Fire

"Since each of the contributing specialists has first-hand familiarity with the material, the translations are of unusual authenticity and the annotations are of unusual insightfulness. Luthin's own introductory sections are especially vivid and well-informed."—William Bright, author of A Coyote Reader

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