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Ute Tales


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A collection of distinctive Ute animal and human tales that offers a rich source of Ute culture for anyone interested in the peoples of the Great Basin.

About the Author

Anne M. Smith (1900–1981) was the first woman to receive a doctorate degree from Yale. Author of Ethnography of the Northern Utes (1974), she is also the author of Shoshone Tales (1993).

Table of Contents


Editor's Note

Uinta Tales:

The Mock Hunter

The Council of the Bears

Eye Juggler

Ghost Robs Dove

Porcupine Tricks Coyote

The Man Who Visited Bear

Water Boy

Water Boy Wrestles with Tiger


The Rescue of the Captured Child

Corn Lover

Uncompahgre Tales:

Coyote's Adventures

Rabbit Tames Wood And Water

Toad and Frog

Frog and Coyote Race

Ghost Robs Dove

Coyote Learns to Fly

Coyote Breaks a Bird's Leg

Coyote Mistakes Louse for Buffalo

The Lost Sisters


Coyote and Skunk

Coyote Tricked Bug and Lizard

Bear Elopes with Mountain Lion's Wife

Council on the Seasons

The Corralled Buffalo

Bald Eagle

Coyote Imitates a Woman

The Dog's Council

Water Babies

Why Mules Are Sterile

The Cannibal Bird

The Boy Who Visited His Grandfather

The Fool

Siants (1)

Siants (2)


White River Tales:

Origin of Death

Rabbit and Moon

Cottontail Shoots the Sun

Tricking an Enemy

The Crows That Went Visiting

The False Friend

Frog and Eagle

Coyote and the Berries

The Hoodwinked Dancers

The Buffalo

Coyote and the Women

Coyote Seeks a Name

Trickster Marries His Daughter

The Bungling Host

Coyote's Brother Cured

The Curious Man

Winter's Wife

Coyote's Adventures

Bear Elopes with Mountain Lion's Wife

Bear and Fly

Porcupine's Adventures

Council on the Seasons


Frog and Toad

Theft of Fire

Coyote Learns to Fly

Coyote Becomes a Mother


The Dog Whose Wife Left Him

Crow and His Wife, Dog

Owl Woman and Skunk

Owl's Widow Seeks a Husband

Coyote Imitates Mountain Lion

Water Babies (1)

Water Babies (2)

Water Babies (3)

Water Babies (4)

Water Babies (5)

Water Babies (6)

Historical Tale

Siants (1)

Siants (2)

Siants (3)

Siants (4)

Siants (5)

The Man Who Married a Cannibal

The Cannibals

The Supernatural Wife

The Origin of Agriculture

The Ragged Man

Badger and Fly

A Complicated Tale


The Woman and the Dog

Coyote's Wife

Lizard Hand

Mythical Times

True Story

Another True Story

The Captured Boy

War Story

Archup's Aunt

History of the Utes

How the Utes Got Land

Product Details

Smith, Anne M.
University of Utah Press
Smith, Anne M.
Smith, Anne
Native American Studies
Folklore & Mythology
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
1 map, 20 b/w photos
5.4 x 8.5 x 0.8 in
Age Level:
from 18 up to 80

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History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Historical Reference
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