Handbook of Native American Mythology (World Mythology)

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9781851095339: Handbook of Native American Mythology (World Mythology)

Popular Hopi kachina dolls and awesome totem poles are but two of the aspects of the sophisticated, seldom-examined network of mythologies explored in this fascinating volume.


· More than 40 photographs and illustrations portraying traditional customs and lifeways, antiquities, artwork (e.g., motifs, baskets, pottery, rugs, masks, totem poles), clothing and dress, and prominent places within traditional sacred geographies

· Maps of Native American cultural areas and climates of North America, which are revealing because of the central role climate and weather play in a number of Native American myths

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To some in the Lakota tribe, the 1994 birth of a rare white buffalo calf in Wisconsin was more than a biological anomaly—it was the long-prophesied return of their most revered deity, White Buffalo Woman, a harbinger of peace and good times. To others it was powerful proof of the hold myths can have on the people whose lives are molded around them.

About the Author:

Dawn E. Bastian is coordinator for Bibliographic Control and Electronic Resource Services at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Her published works include the Zaire and Mali volumes in ABC-CLIO's World Bibliographical Series.

Judy K. Mitchell is reference and instruction librarian at Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA.

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