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Native American Myths, by Matt Clayton

Native American Myths, by Matt Clayton

Hardcover, 188 Pages

(Self Published) From the Author:

Explore Captivating Native American Myths

Three captivating manuscripts in one book:

  • Native American Mythology: Captivating Myths of Indigenous Peoples from North America
  • Cherokee Mythology: Captivating Myths and Legends of a Native American Tribe
  • Choctaw Mythology: Captivating Myths from the Choctaw and Other Indigenous Peoples from the Southeastern United States

Part of the history of Indigenous cultures is, of course, their traditions of storytelling. Myths, legends, and folktales all play important roles in explaining how the world came to be the way it is, as well as giving listeners entertainment with humorous or scary stories, or giving them role models to look up to in hero tales.

The author of this book has endeavored to provide at least one myth from every major culture group in North America: Arctic, Subarctic, Plateau, Northwest Coast, Great Basin, Great Plains, California, Southwest, Southeast, and Northeast Forest.

Of the many different genres of story available, four are chosen for this present volume. The first has to do with the origins of things, either of the world in its entirety or some aspect thereof that was significant to the people who created the story.

The other side of creation is death, and so the second section concerns tales of ghosts and monsters, some terrifying, some friendly, some the victims of prank-playing living people. However, out of the acts of destruction wrought by supernatural beings there is often something new created or a change worked that is necessary for the world to function properly.

Tricksters and heroes occupy the third and fourth sections of the book, respectively. Coyote is, of course, a favorite trickster character for most North American Indigenous groups, while Raven is important to peoples in the Pacific Northwest and Arctic regions. Beaver is a trickster for the Nez Perce of the Columbia River Plateau, and for the Pomo of California, little Woodrat also lives by his wits. These tricksters are by turns clever, gullible, victor, and victim, but always there is a moral lesson to be learned from the stories of their adventures.

The final section of the book presents stories of Indigenous heroes. Many of these heroes are shared by multiple cultures, usually within the same or adjacent culture areas.

Some of the topics and myths covered in manuscript 1 of this book include:

  • Origins
  • Ghosts and Monsters
  • Trickster Tales
  • Hero Tales
  • And much, much more!

Some of the topics and myths covered in manuscript 2 of this book include:

  • Why the Possum's Tail is Bare
  • Kanati and Selu
  • The Tlanuwa and the Uktena
  • Two Tales of Snake Transformations
  • The Daughter of the Sun
  • The Ball Game of the Birds and Animals
  • How Disease and Medicine Came to Be
  • And much more!

Some of the topics and myths covered in manuscript 3 of this book include:

  • Choctaw Myths and Legends
  • Legends from Other Southern Tribes
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