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Creation Myths of Primitive America

By Curtin, Jeremiah

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Title: Creation Myths of Primitive America  
Author: Curtin, Jeremiah
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Native American, California
Collections: Classic Sacred Texts
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Publisher: Sacred Text


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Curtin, J. (1898). Creation Myths of Primitive America. Retrieved from

Description: Despite the title, which suggests that this is a comprehensive study of Native American creation myths, this is actually a very good set of animal myths from two tribes of California, the Wintu and Yana. These tribes inhabited the northern Central Valley; the Yana are closely related to the Yahi, the tribe of Ishi, the 'last wild Indian'. Also, these are not creation myths per se; they are tales from an epic cycle about the proto-animal inhabitants of the California dreamtime, the beings who existed before the arrival of humans. That said, this is a very reputable collection which is cited to this day in scholarly papers about native California. Curtin treats this this lore with great respect, and because he is also a first-rate story teller, this is also a great read. Curtin, a distinguished folklorist and author, also wrote Tales of Fairies and of the Ghost-World, a collection of Irish supernatural folklore.


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