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Of all the characters in myths and legends told around the world, it's the wily trickster who provides the real spark in the action, causing trouble wherever he goes. This figure shows up time and again in Native American folklore, where he takes many forms, from the irascible Coyote of the Southwest, to Iktomi, the amorphous spider man of the Lakota tribe. This dazzling cOf all the characters in myths and legends told around the world, it's the wily trickster who provides the real spark in the action, causing trouble wherever he goes. This figure shows up time and again in Native American folklore, where he takes many forms, from the irascible Coyote of the Southwest, to Iktomi, the amorphous spider man of the Lakota tribe. This dazzling collection of American Indian trickster tales, compiled by an eminent anthropologist and a master storyteller, serves as the perfect companion to their previous masterwork, American Indian Myths and Legends. American Indian Trickster Tales includes more than one hundred stories from sixty tribes? many recorded from living storytellers?which are illustrated with lively and evocative drawings. These entertaining tales can be read aloud and enjoyed by readers of any age, and will entrance folklorists, anthropologists, lovers of Native American literature, and fans of both Joseph Campbell and the Brothers Grimm....

Title : American Indian Trickster Tales
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ISBN : 9780140277715
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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American Indian Trickster Tales Reviews

  • Jana
    2019-04-23 05:17

    I love folklore, mythology, and trickster tales, so naturally I was pleased to read this book. The scope of tales and the people represented here are both wide, with surprising overlaps and repetitions of theme--for example, the many characters who "steal the sun," acting as Prometheus figures. I would have appreciated a map displaying the Pre-Columbian locations of the North American First Peoples, since some tales are effectively the same, and I'd like to know whether that was because of proximity or human nature. An appendix of tribes is provided, listing where a group of people lived and a few salient facts about them, but it's not the same.

  • H4tt3r
    2019-05-01 01:43

    Honestly, any book containing a story titled, "Monster Skunk Farting Everyone to Death" is pretty good read as far as I'm concerned.

  • Rhonda Browning White
    2019-05-18 02:39

    Interesting text containing stories that cross the tribal lines of Native Americans across the country. While some of these stories are new to me in every way, many reflect the same morals as those found in Aesop's Fables, proving that myths and fables are a preferred way to teach moral lessons to children across many cultures. The sexual content of some of these fables surprised me, but the introduction to the text (definitely worth the time it takes to read) reports that some tribes don't give a second thought to discussing sex with their youth, and it's openly discussed in front of children. Trickster fables are often funny and entertaining, but most still teach a good moral lesson. An interesting read.Recommended, especially in the study of Native American literature.

  • Charles
    2019-05-20 02:33

    Really deserved more cultural and historical context to give the tales some substance. The lack of any serious symbolic interpretation or ethnography doesn't do the reader any favors.

  • Doria
    2019-05-13 02:21

    This is a terrific and extremely informative collection of Native American narratives, drawn from a wide range of cultures and including tricksters of many kinds. A great deal of the material is Rated R, however much of it is family-friendly; this variety of tale types and styles underlies the authenticity and cultural value of the collection. However, the stories are each valuable and interesting in their own right, and have much to teach us about their cultures of origin. In addition to the stories themselves, there is also a splendid Appendix towards the end of the book, which offers a brief history and description of cultural practices for each tribe represented. There is also a section called Sources, which gives details on the provenance of each tale included in the book, some of which were collected first-hand from their tellers by editors Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz. The tales are retold in this collection in a spare, simple style which showcases the content and characters. They range from short joke-length anecdote-like accounts to long episodic myths and legends. Some are clearly meant to amuse, while others are dark and powerful, frightening and moving. Every theme imaginable is treated, whether sexual, psycho-social, scatological, or gender-political. The book encompasses a world of mores, customs, jokes, animal and human behavior analyses, and more. It is a treasure-house which can be read cover to cover or picked through and explored at leisure. It is valuable to ethnographers, anthropologists, folklorists, storytellers, and lay readers alike, and I recommend it unreservedly.*Due to some of the Adult material, I do not recommend the book in its entirety for young children, however a great deal of it is child-appropriate, and could be read aloud or retold to mixed audiences.

  • Megan Knaub
    2019-05-10 03:23

    One of the most interesting cultures to me is that of Native Americans. This book is filled with stories of the trickster stories that are told in so many Native American cultures throughout so many different tribes. I became really interested in the idea of the trickster honestly with pop culture in watching a tv show. Reading these gave me an insight into their culture as well as how the Native American people tell stories. A lot of reasoning behind things like fairytales or in this case folklore, it to explain something that is practically unexplainable like how people were made. In multiple creation stories, a coyote in involved in the creation of certain tribes. I also have read different folklore that has been from cultures like Germany or Greece, and it is so interesting to see how much it differs in the fact that, many fairy tales are written to entertain, and while some of these may be fairly humorous, and as a warning, sexual (not for any classroom of young children), they are also stories that have been passed down through generations, some only by word.I rated this a 4 out of 5 stars as they were very interesting and comical at times, some got repetitive as also there is the warning of sexual content which can sometimes be distracting when reading a story. However, a good read for someone who is looking for a window into the Native American culture.

  • Harv
    2019-05-10 05:31

    This is an absolutely beautiful selection of stories from a world that is difficult to comprehend because the institution of power has tried its best to stamp it out, cornering what is left in diabolically planned-out reservations. It is crude in places, and there is the craft of reality seeping into every line. The stories leave little left to be said, yet everything is incomprehensible and enticing in a delightful way.It is a window into a culture that is not my own, they are not my stories by right, and it was a privilege to read them

  • Annette
    2019-05-17 02:42

    The stories are so short that I had difficulty reading this through. An audio version might have made this a 5-star read.

  • Donna
    2019-04-21 07:31

    after the 15th story about coyote stealing the sun i kinda got the point

  • Jessa Franco
    2019-04-20 05:24

    This book is a compilation of Native American trickster tales. It's divided into thirteen parts, each with a different theme or trickster characters. Trickster characters include coyote, raven, rabbit, and more. Each story ranges from half a page to five pages long, making it great for a quick read in between assignments or books. Listed with each story is the title and the tribe it originates from. I originally picked it up thinking I could use some of the stories in a class someday. Before using it in the classroom be sure to analyze it for adult content. Many of the stories are about sex. Despite the mature content, there were a number that I found had potential for including in lesson plans.

  • Meredith
    2019-05-18 00:34

    I became interested in learning more about American Indian tricksters because I was reading the Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs, so good job to those books for making me want to learn stuff. Some of this book is great. Some of it is weird. Some is gross (there are a lot of stories about tricksters tricking people into sleeping with them, and a lot of stories about poop). I read another review that said this book would have benefited from some cultural and/or historical context, and I agree. I didn't always like the stories (see: gross), but I think I would have appreciated them more if I knew more about the people who told them and why.

  • Ray Zimmerman
    2019-05-17 05:40

    American Indian Trickster TalesCoyote, Iktome the spider, and Raven are classic tricksters, but the trick is sometimes played on them. Gluskap, culture hero of the northeast, is a mighty warrior, but mighty Wasis defeats him.Rabbit may be the most subtle of all the trickster characters, but even he is outsmarted at times.Veeho is more fool than trickster, and his name is synonymous with White Man.Tricksters with many other names appear in this book. The trickster hero is an enigma, perhaps a reflection of man himself.

  • Emerson
    2019-04-30 05:26

    I am pretty sure that this is where Bugs Bunny came from... minus the naughty bits. ;-)If you want to seriously laugh out loud, this is some of the best material you'll find. It stands the test of time.

  • Benjamin Plume
    2019-04-20 00:20

    OK, but a little repetitive.

  • AJ
    2019-05-19 07:24

    Full of some lovely and hilarious stories, but I could have done without some of the repetition. There may be two slightly different versions of a particular tale, but I don't need to read both.

  • Bill Legge
    2019-05-10 06:31

    In the oral tradition, these stories are raw, funny, entertaining and enlightening. If you like folklore and mythology pick it up.

  • L12_markmesserly
    2019-05-17 08:36

    Recommended for college students due to bawdy nature of some of the characters and situations. Some individual stories might be of interest at the high school level. Use caution.

  • Carola Garam
    2019-05-12 07:25

    Read this and tell me American Indians don't have a sense of humor. It was fun and lovely.