Synopses & Reviews
Wisconsin Chippewa Mythsand#160;andand#160;Tales, originally published in 1977, was the first collection of Chippewa folklore to provide a comparative and sociological context for the tales.and#160; Theseand#160; myths and tales were recorded between 1941 and 1944 by four young field workers who later became prominent anthropologists: Joseph B. Casagrande, Ernestine Friedl, Robert E. Ritzenthaler, and Victor Barnouw himself.and#160; The talesandmdash;which include stories of tricksters, animals, magical powers, and cannibal ice-giantsandmdash;were told primarily by five members of the Lac Court Oreilles and Lac du Flambeau bands of Chippewa: John Mink, Prosper Guibord, Delia Oshogay, Tom Badger, and Julia Badger.and#160; Wisconsin Chippewa Mythsand#160;and Talesand#160; is read as much for its fascinating stories as for its scholarship.
and#160;andldquo;Victor Barnouw is already well known for his various contributions to the study of Chippewa life and culture and in this volume he uses his specialist knowledge to elucidate a number of myths and tales andmdash; tales about animals and andlsquo;windigos,andrsquo; stories about the two sisters Matchikwewis and Oshkikwe, and the long (and involved) Wenebojo Origin Myth.and#160; Helpful explanatory notes are attached to each story and Barnouw succeeds in judiciously blending his scholarship with a certain lucidity of style: the texts are eminently readable, and the work contains a sensible reference system, and a useful Introduction.andrdquo;andmdash;Lore and Literature
andldquo;The 60 examples published by Victor Barnouw were collected entirely in Wisconsin and thus add an important comparative dimension to our knowledge of Chippewa folklore. . . . This is not a book of andlsquo;Indian legendsandrsquo; appropriate for grade school or summer camp use as the title might suggest, but an excellent and highly readable study for serious students of folklore and American Indian culture.andrdquo;andmdash;Wisconsin Academy Review
andldquo;This is a work that can be used in the classroom.and#160; At the same time,and#160; Barnouwandrsquo;s lucid style makes it good reading.andrdquo;andmdash;Vivian J. Rohrl, The Journal of Psychological Anthropology
andldquo;It is clearly innovative, and provides a model for future studies.andrdquo;andmdash;James H. Howard, American Indian Quarterly
About the Author
Victor Barnouw (1916andndash;1989) was professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Wisconsinandndash;Milwaukee and the first recipient, in 1968, of the American Anthropological Associationandrsquo;s annual Stirling Award in culture and personality.and#160; He is the author of An Introduction to Anthropology, Volumes I and II,and#160; and Culture and Personality.