Myths And Legends Of The Pacific Northwest Especially Of Washington And Oregon

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Katharine Berry Judson

Narrated By: David Wales

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2017

Duration: 2 hours 24 minutes

Summary:

The basis on which these myths were selected necessarily excluded those which showed traces of the white man's religion or of the red man's coarseness. Relatively speaking, only a few myths could be selected. These were the creation myths, the origin of the races, the theft of fire, the salmon, and especially those connected with the physical features of the country, such as those of Takhoma, Shasta, the Columbia River, and the group of mountains of the bridge of the gods…. No claim is made for original work in this volume, except with regard to the selection of the myths and the rewriting of several in which the Indian simplicity and directness had been destroyed by attempted witticisms, by philosophical remarks, or by wordy explanations. A consistent effort has been made to tell these stories as the Indians told them…. Neither is this volume intended to be a very serious or a learned one. It is, however, authentic. All myths for which a responsible authority could not be found have been rejected. - Summary by Author's Preface

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  • Randal T

    A fun and short listen. However, some of the myths clearly date from after the appearance of Europeans (both horses and smallpox are part of the legends, which were unknown in the Americas in the pre-Columbian era).