By Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
This significant assortment gathers a hundred and sixty stories from eighty tribal gathers to supply a wealthy and energetic landscape of the local American mythic historical past. From all around the continent come stories of production and love, of heroes and struggle, of animals, tricksters, and the top of the area. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and grasp storyteller, Indian voices within the most sensible folkloric assets of the 19th century to make this the main complete and real quantity of yankee Indian myths on hand anywhere.
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