In this Book
Sky Loom offers a dazzling introduction to Native American myths, stories, and songs drawn from previous collections by acclaimed translator and poet Brian Swann. With a general introduction by Swann, Sky Loom is a stunning collection that provides a glimpse into the intricacies and beauties of story and myth, placing them in their cultural, historical, and linguistic contexts.
Each of the twenty-five selections is translated and introduced by a well-known expert on Native oral literatures and offers entry into the cultures and traditions of several different tribes and bands, including the Yupiit and the Tlingits of the polar North; the Coast Salish and the Kwakwaka’wakw of the Pacific Northwest; the Navajos, the Pimas, and the Yaquis of the Southwest; the Lakota Sioux and the Plains Crees of the Great Plains; the Ojibwes of the Great Lakes; the Naskapis and the Eastern Crees of the Hudson Bay area in Canada; and the Munsees of the Northeast. Sky Loom takes the reader on a wide-ranging journey through literary traditions older than the “discovery” of the New World.
Table of Contents
- From Smoothing the Ground: Essays on Native American Oral Literature
- pp. 1-2
- From On the Translation of Native American Literatures
- pp. 25-26
- From Coming to Light: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America
- pp. 95-96
- From Voices from Four Directions: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America
- pp. 277-278
- From Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of the Algonquian Literatures of North America
- pp. 399-400
- From Salish Myths and Legends: One People’s Stories
- pp. 517-518