Who built the first house? Native American legends reveal fascinating stories of the Beginning Time, when the Old Ones taught people the true ways. In this absorbing book, the authors have gathered legends associated with Native American houses and sacred structures from across the country. There are stories of the Pawnee earth lodge, the tipi of the Great Plains, and the crystal house of the California Chumash. The authors clearly describe how magical First Houses set the pattern for the homes of today. Illustrated.
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Ray A. Williamson is a scientist and writer who is the author of many articles on Native American skylore and astronomy.
Jean Guard Monroe is a poet, teacher, therapist, and writer who grew up in the Southwest and has long been familiar with Native American art and folklore.
Though the title gives little hint of the mythological content, the scholarly information here on Native American buildings in North America--Iroquois longhouse, Navajo hogan, Pueblo kiva, and a variety of California and Northwest coast dwellings, tipis, lodges, and sweathouses--is intertwined with myths and legends concerning their creation. The stories, preceded by illuminating background notes, have a sameness making the book more suitable for reports or dipping into than for straight pleasure reading. The b&w drawings are more decorative than informative; the cover resembles a textbook. Similar in approach to the authors' They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths (1987), but of less general appeal. Extensive pronouncing glossary; suggested further reading; impressive bibliography. Index not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-14) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110395510813
Book Description Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0395510813 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0139939