In this Book

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Early in the twentieth century, Leslie Spier and Erna Gunther, graduate students trained by anthropologist Franz Boas, hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to learn about Havasupai culture. In the process, they asked two Havasupai leaders and elders for every story they could remember. These were translated by native speakers and transcribed by Spier and, later, Gunther. Yet for unknown reasons Spier never published the whole collection of forty-eight stories, one of the earliest, most complete translations of an entire Native American oral tradition. Passed from Spier to anthropologist and Havasupai scholar Dr. Robert C. Euler, the stories, published here for the first time in book form with the permission of the Havasupai Tribal Council, are a cultural library and a cultural treasure that reflect an ancient Yuman-language mythological tradition. Publication restores them to the People (Pai/Pa/Pah) from whom they arose.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xxv
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  1. Part I: Contexts
  2. p. 1
  1. Chapter 1: The Prehistory of the Grand Canyon
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. Chapter 2: The Changing Life of the Havasupai
  2. pp. 10-16
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  1. Chapter 3: History, Leadership, and Language
  2. pp. 17-51
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  1. Chapter 4: An Overture to the Scientific Study of Myth
  2. pp. 52-64
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  1. Image plates
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  1. Part II: The Sacred Oral Tradition of the Havasupai
  2. p. 65
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. The Stories
  2. p. 69
  1. 1. The Culture Heroes
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. 2. The Origin of Corn
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. 3. The Separation of the Tribes
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. 4. The Separation of the Havasupai and Yavapai
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. 5. The Sun and the Moon Are Made (first version)
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. 6. The Sun and the Moon Are Made (second version)
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. 7. The Early Migration
  2. pp. 81-83
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  1. 8. The Culture Heroes Become Animals
  2. p. 84
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  1. 9. The Flood (first version)
  2. pp. 85-91
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  1. 10. The Flood (second version)
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. 11. The Boy Who Killed Blue Hawk (first version)
  2. pp. 94-102
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  1. 12. The Boy Who Killed Blue Hawk (second version)
  2. pp. 103-109
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  1. 13. The Yavapai Origin Tale
  2. pp. 110-144
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  1. 14. The People Become Rocks (first version)
  2. pp. 145-146
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  1. 15. The People Become Rocks (second version)
  2. p. 147
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  1. 16. Wolf’s Boy (first version)
  2. pp. 148-155
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  1. 17. Wolf’s Boy (second version)
  2. pp. 156-166
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  1. 18. The Stolen Wife (first version)
  2. pp. 167-173
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  1. 19. The Stolen Wife (second version)
  2. pp. 174-180
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  1. 20. The Water-Elk (first version)
  2. pp. 181-183
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  1. 21. The Water-Elk (second version)
  2. pp. 184-189
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  1. 22. Bear and Mountain Lion (first version)
  2. pp. 190-192
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  1. 23. Bear and Mountain Lion (second version)
  2. pp. 193-197
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  1. 24. The Wronged Daughter
  2. pp. 198-199
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  1. 25. Rock Squirrel’s Grandson (first version)
  2. pp. 200-202
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  1. 26. Rock Squirrel’s Grandson (second version)
  2. pp. 203-208
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  1. 27. The Man on the Ledge (first version)
  2. pp. 209-215
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  1. 28. The Man on the Ledge (second version)
  2. pp. 216-221
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  1. 29. The Jealous Indians
  2. pp. 222-224
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  1. 30. Turkey’s Revenge (first version)
  2. pp. 225-227
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  1. 31. Turkey’s Revenge (second version)
  2. pp. 228-229
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  1. 32. Snake’s Exploits
  2. pp. 230-231
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  1. 33. The Roc (first version)
  2. pp. 232-236
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  1. 34. The Roc (second version)
  2. pp. 237-239
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  1. 35. Sun Sets the World Afire (first version)
  2. pp. 240-242
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  1. 36. Sun Sets the World Afire (second version)
  2. pp. 243-253
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  1. 37. Porcupine and Coyote (first version)
  2. pp. 254-256
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  1. 38. Porcupine and Coyote (second version)
  2. pp. 257-259
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  1. 39. Coyote and Wolf Kill Bear
  2. pp. 260-265
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  1. 40. Wolf and Coyote Catch Fish (first version)
  2. pp. 266-269
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  1. 41. Wolf and Coyote Catch Fish (second version)
  2. pp. 270-274
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  1. 42. Turkey
  2. pp. 275-277
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  1. 43. The Bungling Host Strikes His Head
  2. p. 278
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  1. 44. The Bungling Host Is Stepped On
  2. p. 279
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  1. 45. The Bungling Host Fires the Brush
  2. pp. 280-281
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  1. 46. Deer Tricks Coyote
  2. p. 282
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  1. 47. Bat1
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  1. 48. Song Series
  2. pp. 284-286
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 287-294
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 295-305
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  1. Biographies of Contributors
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826349330
Related ISBN
9780826349316
MARC Record
OCLC
777950993
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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