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"In olden days, in a village peopled by animal creatures, lived Wild Cat (another name for Lynx). He was old and mangy, and he was constantly scratching himself with his cane. From time to time, a young girl who lived in the same cabin would grab the cane, also to scratch herself. In vain Wild Cat kept trying to talk her out of it. One day the young lady found herself pregnant; she gave birth to a boy. Coyote, another inhabitant of the village, became indignant. He talked all of the population into going to live elsewhere and abandoning the old Wild Cat, his wife, and their child to their fate . . . "

So begins the Nez Percandeacute; myth that lies at the heart of The Story of Lynx, Claude Landeacute;vi-Strauss's most accessible examination of the rich mythology of American Indians. In this wide-ranging work, the master of structural anthropology considers the many variations in a story that occurs in both North and South America, but especially among the Salish-speaking peoples of the Northwest Coast. He also shows how centuries of contact with Europeans have altered the tales.

Landeacute;vi-Strauss focuses on the opposition between Wild Cat and Coyote to explore the meaning and uses of gemellarity, or twinness, in Native American culture. The concept of dual organization that these tales exemplify is one of non-equivalence: everything has an opposite or other, with which it coexists in unstable tension. In contrast, Landeacute;vi-Strauss argues, European notions of twinnessand#8212;as in the myth of Castor and Polluxand#8212;stress the essential sameness of the twins. This fundamental cultural difference lay behind the fatal clash of European and Native American peoples.

The Story of Lynx addresses and clarifies all the major issues that have occupied Landeacute;vi-Strauss for decades, and is the only one of his books in which he explicitly connects history and structuralism. The result is a work that will appeal to those interested in American Indian mythology.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-265) and index.

Table of Contents

Translator's Acknowledgments

Preface

Pt. One: On the Side of the Fog

1. An Untimely Pregnancy

2. Coyote, Father and Son

3. The Dentalia Thieves

4. A Myth to Go Back in Time

5. The Fateful Sentence

6. A Visit to the Mountain Goats

Pt. Two: Breaks through the Clouds

7. The Child Taken by the Owl

8. Jewels and Wounds

9. The Son of the Root

10. Twins: Salmon, Bears, and Wolves

11. Meteorology at Home

12. Jewels and Food

13. From the Moon to the Sun

14. The Dog Husband

Pt. Three: On the Side of the Wind

15. The Capture of the Wind

16. Indian Myths, French Folktales

17. The Last Return of the Bird-Nester

18. Rereading Montaigne

19. The Bipartite Ideology of the Amerindians

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226474717
Translator:
Tihanyi, Catherine
Author:
Tihanyi, Catherine
Author:
Claude Land#233
Author:
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Author:
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Author:
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Author:
Levi-Strauss, Claude
Author:
vi-Strauss
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Folk-lore, indian
Subject:
Indians of south america
Subject:
Lynx
Subject:
Tales -- Northwest, Pacific.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Folklore.
Subject:
Indians of South America -- Folklore.
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
249
Publication Date:
19950631
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones, 3 maps, 20 tables
Pages:
294
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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