Smoothing The Ground: Essays On Native American Oral Literature

Swann, Brian (editor)

Published by University Of California Press, 1983
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Berkeley. 1983. University Of California Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 364 pages. hardcover. 0520049020. keywords: Literature American Indian. inventory # 6921. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ĎAn old storyteller would smooth the ground in front of him with his hand and make to marks in it with his right thumb, two with his left, and a double with both thumbs together. Then he would rub his hands, and pass his right hand up his right leg to his waist, and touch his left hand and pass it on up his right arm to his breast. He did the same thing with his left and right hands going up the other side. Then he touched the marks on the ground with both hands and rubbed them together and passed them over his head and all over his body.í - Cheyenne Memories, John DStands in Timber and Margot Liberty. The Word is central to American Indian culture. Native American societies invested the spoken word with reverence and power, and the oral literature that resulted from the fusing of language and event into vital force is extraordinarily rich and potent. SMOOTHING THE GROUND is the first major compilation of essays and translations in which leading scholars in the in the fields of linguistics, folklore, ethnopoetics, and literary criticism discuss the continuing Indian oral tradition as literature. In twenty essays, authors such as Dell Hymes, Karl Kroeber, Dennis Tedlock, Jarold Ramsey, John Bierhorst, Ekkehart Malotki, Paul G. Zolbrod, Elaine Jahner, Arnold Krupat, and H. David Brumble address the many aspects of the study of this literature, from the problem of translation and the role of the literary critic to the interpretation of specific stories. Included for the first time is part of a story printed in a typography designed by Charles Bigelow especially for Native American languages. The serious study of Native American literature has been a long time in coming, but as these essays show, scholarly scrutiny is as essential to the understanding of this literature as it is to aní literary tradition. Smoothing the Ground marks the emergence of a new and needed discipline, a move toward appreciation of a truly American art. Bookseller Inventory #

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Publisher: University Of California Press
Publication Date: 1983
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Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
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