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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

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Quotation
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xx
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  1. From Smoothing the Ground: Essays on Native American Oral Literature
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Stone Boy: Persistent Hero (Lakota)
  2. Elaine Jahner
  3. pp. 3-24
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  1. From On the Translation of Native American Literatures
  2. pp. 25-26
  1. Oolachan-Woman’s Robe: Fish, Blankets, Masks, and Meaning in Boas’s Kwakw’ala Texts (Kwakw’ala/Kwakiutl)
  2. Judith Berman
  3. pp. 27-72
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  1. Narrative Styles in Dakota Texts (Lakota)
  2. Julian Rice
  3. pp. 73-94
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  1. From Coming to Light: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. The Boy Who Went to Live with the Seals (Yupik)
  2. Ann Fienup-Riordan, Marie Meade
  3. pp. 97-112
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  1. The Girl Who Married the Bear (Tagish/Tlingit)
  2. Catharine McClellan, Maria Johns, Dora Austin Wedge
  3. pp. 113-125
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  1. John Sky’s “One They Gave Away” (Haida)
  2. Robert Bringhurst
  3. pp. 126-150
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  1. The Sun’s Myth (Cathlamet Chinook)
  2. Dell Hymes
  3. pp. 151-162
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  1. Coyote, Master of Death, True to Life (Kalapuya)
  2. Dell Hymes
  3. pp. 163-183
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  1. Seal and Her Younger Brother Lived There (Clackamas Chinook)
  2. Dell Hymes
  3. pp. 184-187
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  1. Poetry Songs of the Shoshone Ghost Dance (Wind River Shoshone)
  2. Judith Vander
  3. pp. 188-203
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  1. Running the Deer (Yaqui)
  2. Larry Evers, Felipe S. Molina
  3. pp. 204-223
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  1. Pima Oriole Songs (Pima)
  2. Donald Bahr, Vincent Joseph
  3. pp. 224-245
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  1. Enemy Slayer’s Horse Song (Navajo)
  2. David P. McAllester
  3. pp. 246-256
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  1. Two Stories from the Yana (Yana)
  2. Herbert W. Luthin
  3. pp. 257-276
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  1. From Voices from Four Directions: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America
  2. pp. 277-278
  1. Raven Stories (Tlingit)
  2. Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Richard Dauenhauer
  3. pp. 279-293
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  1. He Became an Eagle (Western Apache)
  2. M. Eleanor Nevins, Thomas J. Nevins
  3. pp. 294-315
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  1. The Flight of Dzilyi neeyáni (Navajo)
  2. Paul G. Zolbrod
  3. pp. 316-329
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  1. Red Swan (Menominee)
  2. Monica Macaulay, Marianne Milligan
  3. pp. 330-348
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  1. The Birth of Nenabozho (Ojibwe)
  2. Rand Valentine
  3. pp. 349-378
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  1. Umâyichîs (Naskapi)
  2. Julie Brittain, Marguerite Mackenzie
  3. pp. 379-398
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  1. From Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of the Algonquian Literatures of North America
  2. pp. 399-400
  1. The Delaware Creation Story (Munsee)
  2. John Bierhorst
  3. pp. 401-409
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  1. A Pair of Hero Stories (Eastern Cree)
  2. Susan M. Preston
  3. pp. 410-425
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  1. Winter Stories (Meskwaki/Fox)
  2. Ives Goddard
  3. pp. 426-475
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  1. Pine Root (Plains Cree)
  2. Stan Cuthand
  3. pp. 476-491
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  1. Ghost Dance Songs (Arapaho)
  2. Jeffrey D. Anderson
  3. pp. 492-516
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  1. From Salish Myths and Legends: One People’s Stories
  2. pp. 517-518
  1. Star Husband: Two Brothers’ Versions of a Traditional Skokomish-Twana Story (Skokomish-Twana)
  2. Frank Allen, Henry Allen, William W. Elmendorf, Steven M. Egesdal
  3. pp. 519-530
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  1. Source Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 531-532
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 533-537
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  1. Other Works in the Series
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803276017
Related ISBN
9780803246157
MARC Record
OCLC
891187786
Pages
608
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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