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  1. Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest
    Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest
    Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest
    Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest
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  2. Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest

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    Price R654.00

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This collection of more than one hundred tribal tales, culled from the oral tradition of the Indians of Washington and Oregon, presents the Indians' own stories, told for generations around their fires, of the mountains, lakes, and rivers, and of the creation of the world and the heavens above. Each group of stories is prefaced by a brief factual account of Indian beliefs and of storytelling customs. Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest is a treasure, still in print after fifty years.

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Ella E. Clark
50th Anniversary ed.
University of California Press
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Though this book was first published in 1953, the stories and legends enclosed in Ms. Clark's book are interesting in 1999. I was surprized to find a story and lore concerning a local rock painting site. Each of the stories are indentified by the tribe or nation they come from. This book is a must for anyone interested in Native American lore or legends.
This book, although it is almost 60 years old, is still a valuable resource for anyone interested in Native mythology, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest. If you lived in Greece your experience of the people and the places there would be vastly enhanced by knowledge of the Greek myths; it is the same here--there is an ancient history underlying the ordinary towns and landscapes of Washington and Oregon, and Ella Clark went to great lengths to gather and preserve what she could of it.

The book is well organized in five sections: Myths of the Mountains; Legends of the Lakes; Tales of Rivers,Rocks and Waterfalls; Myths of Creation, the Sky and the Storms; And Misc. Myths. One-fourth of the stories were given to Ms. Clark by Native people, and at the beginning of these she gives credit by name and tribal affiliation. The others were compiled from the writings of ethnologists, missionaries, pioneers and travelers and where she knows the source she again gives... Read more
I originally purchased this book in the early 1970's when my children were quite young. We've always lived in the Pacific Northwest and have traveled and done a lot of camping in this beautiful country. When on long car rides/camping trips, I would read to them. Recently, all of the family was together and my children got so excited when they saw I had the book. They told my grandchildren how much the book meant to them when they were young. They picked some of their favorites legends and read them to the grandkids. It made me feel so good to see my kids excited and sharing the excitement with their kids.
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