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American Indian Myths and Legends
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The indigenous peoples of the Americas comprise numerous different cultures. Each has its own mythologies. Some are quite distinct, but certain themes are shared across the cultural boundaries. There is no single mythology of the Indigenous North American peoples, but numerous different canons of traditional narratives associated with religion , ethics and beliefs. A characteristic of many of the myths is the close relationship between human beings and animals including birds and reptiles. They often feature shape-shifting between animal and human form.
Look Inside. Aug 12, ISBN Dec 04, ISBN More than tales from eighty tribal groups gives us a rich and lively panorama of the Native American mythic heritage. From across the continent comes tales of creation and love; heroes and war; animals, tricksters, and the end of the world. In addition to mining the best folkloric sources of the nineteenth century, the editors have also included a broad selection of contemporary Native American voices. This rich collection will serve scholars and satisfy general readers.
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