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Title Surviving through the days : translations of Native California stories and songs : a California Indian reader / Herbert W. Luthin, editor
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 630 pages)
Contents Song from the myth "Kukumat became sick" (Quechan) -- General introduction -- Making texts, reading translations -- pt. I. Selections -- "Creation songs" (Cupeño) -- 1. Kwaw labors to form a world (Atsugewi, 1996) -- Northwestern California -- Doctor dance song (Yurok) -- 2. Test-ch'as (The tidal wave) (Tolowa, 1985) -- 3. "The young man from Serper" and other stories (Yurok, 1951, 1985-1988) -- 4. Coyote and Old Woman Bullhead (Karuk, circa 1930) -- 5. The devil who died laughing (Karuk, 1950) -- 6. "The boy who grew up at Ta'k'imiłding" and other stories (Hupa, 1963-1964) -- 7. The Bear Girl (Chimariko, 1921) -- North-Central California -- Spell said by a girl desirous of getting a husband (Northern Yana) -- 8. How my father found the deer (Achumawi, 1970) -- 9. Naponoha (Cocoon Man) (Atsugewi, 1931) -- 10. A story of lizard (Yahi, 1915) -- 11. A selection of Wintu songs (Wintu, 1929-1931) -- 12. Loon woman : He-who-is-made-beautiful, She-who-becomes-loon (Wintu, 1929) -- 13. Four songs from Grace McKibbin (Wintu, circa 1982) -- 14. How I became a dreamer (Nomlaki, 1935) -- 15. Mad bat (Maidu, circa 1902) -- 16. Creation (Eastern Pomo, 1930) -- 17. The trials of Young Hawk (Southern Pomo, 1940) -- 18. The woman who loved a snake (Cache Creek Pomo, 1988) -- 19. The dead people's home (Lake Miwok, 1980) -- South-Central California -- Excerpt from "The Čiq'neq'š myth" (Ventureño Chumash) -- 20. Two stories from the Central Valley -- "Visit to the land of the dead" (Chawchila Yokuts, 1931) -- "Condor steals falcon's wife" (Yowlumni Yokuts, 1930) -- 21. The contest between men and women (Tübatulabal, circa 1932) -- 22. The Dog Girl (Ineseño Chumash, 1913) -- Southern California -- Excerpt from an account of "The soul" (Quechan) -- 23. The creation (Serrano, 1963) -- 24. A harvest of songs from Villiana Calac Hyde (Luiseño, 1988-1992) -- 25. From "The life of Hawk Feather" : the bear episodes (Cupeño, 1962, 1920) -- 26. In the desert with Hipahipa (Mojave, 1902) -- 27. An account of origins (Quechan (Yuma), 1908) -- pt. II. Essays on Native California languages and oral literatures -- "When I have donned my crest of stars" (Kiliwa) -- A brief history of collection -- "Women's brush dance song" (Luiseño) -- Notes on Native California oral literatures -- Funeral speech (Quechan) -- Notes on Native California languages
Summary This anthology of treasures from the oral literature of Native California, assembled by an editor admirably sensitive to language, culture, and history, will delight scholars and general readers alike. Herbert Luthin's generous selection of stories, anecdotes, myths, reminiscences, and songs is drawn from a wide sampling of California's many Native cultures, and although a few pieces are familiar classics, most are published here for the first time, in fresh literary translations. The translators, whether professional linguists or Native scholars and storytellers, are all acknowledged experts in their respective languages, and their introductions to each selection provide welcome cultural and biographical context. Augmenting and enhancing the book are Luthin's engaging, informative essays on topics that range from California's Native languages and oral-literary traditions to critical issues in performance, translation, and the history of California literary ethnography
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Indian mythology -- California.
Indians of North America -- California -- Folklore.
Indians of North America -- California -- Music.
Genre/Form Folklore.
Form Electronic book
Author Luthin, Herbert W., 1954-
LC no. 00031630
ISBN 0520222695 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520222709 (paperback; alk. paper)
0520935365 (electronic bk.)
9780520222694 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780520222700 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780520935365 (electronic bk.)