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COMING TO LIGHT: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America.

Swann, Brian, editor.

ISBN 10: 0679418164 / ISBN 13: 9780679418160
Published by New York: Random House, (1994) dj, 1994
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. An extensive compilation of the stories, songs, legends, ceremonies and prayers gathered from Native American literatures, and arranged by tribe and in seven geographical sections. Peter Matthiessen calls this "a fine anthology and an essential introduction to American Indian oral literature." Each selection includes an introduction - sometimes extensive - by the translator placing the work in its historical and cultural context. A beautiful book. Review copy with publisher's material laid in. Index. xlvi, 801 pp. Dust jacket painting 'Sing to Emerge' by David Montana (Papago). Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 37220

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Title: COMING TO LIGHT: Contemporary Translations ...

Publisher: New York: Random House, (1994) dj

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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A definitive anthology of Native American literatures draws on the work of more than two hundred tribes across the United States and Canada and provides vivid, accurate translations of texts within their proper historical and cultural contexts.

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Swann (Smoothing the Ground: Essays on Native American Oral Literature) provides a solid entree to American Indian mythology in this mammoth, sweeping volume. Focusing on the oral tradition, he has collected new translations of more than 50 ancient stories. Translators include both Indians (Calvin W. Fast Wolf, Larry Evers, Darryl Babe Wilson) and noted non-Indian experts in the field (William Shipley, William Bright, Dennis Tedlock). Divided into seven geographically oriented sections, the book presents tales from a wide variety of tribal traditions from the Arctic to the American Southwest. The familiar trickster Coyote is represented in stories from the Navajo of the Southwest and the Kalapuya of the North Pacific Coast. But less well-known trickster figures are also included?Raven and Wolverine of the far north; Nanabush of the Ojibwe of the Eastern Woodlands; Fox of the Atsugewi of California. There is celebration, as in a thanksgiving song from the Iroquois tradition; there is also an explanation of death, from the North Pacific Coast. The being usually known as "Monster Slayer," a principal figure in Navajo and Apache mythology, is given fresh life through translations that call him "Enemy Slayer" and "He Triumphs Over Evils." Swann's knowledgeable introduction sets the translations in historical context and discusses the oral tradition; individual translators provide introductions to their own work.
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