The Dresden Codex

The Dresden Codex

Ernst Förstemann

The Dresden Codex is the oldest surviving book from the Americas, dating to the thirteenth or fourteenth century. The codex was rediscovered in the city of Dresden and is how the Maya book received its present name. It is located in the museum of the Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany.

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Indians of the Yosemite Valley and Vicinity

Indians of the Yosemite Valley and Vicinity

Galen Clark

With 26 illustrations and photographs. This short little book was written by one of the pioneers of Yosemite National Park, Galen Clark. In 1857 Clark was the first white person to view the Mariposa Grove, a stand of old-growth redwoods which are some of the largest living organisms on the planet. Clark was one of the first full-time white residents of Yosemite and is considered the first ranger of that park. Although Clark had…

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Indian Why Stories

Indian Why Stories

Frank B.Linderman

A collection of Native American stories. Chapters include: Why The Chipmunk’s Back Is Striped; How The Ducks Got Their Fine Feathers; Why The Kingfisher Always Wears A War-Bonnet; Why The Curlew S Bill Is Long And Crooked; Old-Man Remarks The World; Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice; How The Otter Skin Became Great “Medicine”; Old-Man Steals The Sun’s Leggings; Old-Man And His Conscience; Old-Man’s Treachery; Why The Night…

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The Magic and Mysteries of Mexico

The Magic and Mysteries of Mexico

Lewis Spence

The full title of this Lewis Spence book is The Magic and Mysteries of Mexico: or, The Arcane secrets and occult lore of the ancient Mexicans and Maya. Chapters include: A Glance at Ancient Mexico; The Magical Associations of Mexican Religion; Mexican Magic; The Demonology of Mexico; Witchcraft in Mexico; Mexican Astrology; The Mysteries of Nagualism; The Magical Book of the Aztecs; The Maya People; Maya Religion; The Magic of…

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Apu Ollantay

Apu Ollantay

Clements Markham

This is the tale of Ollantay, a noble commoner who defies the Inca because of his love for the princess Cusi Coyllor, and thereby puts the empire into a state of rebellion. Ollantay combines tragedy and comedy, and has a vivid cast of male and female characters. This translation by Clements Markham follows the original closely and is very readable.

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The Algonquin Legends of New England

The Algonquin Legends of New England

Charles G. Leland

Illustrated. This is Charles Lelands’ able retelling of the Algonquin mythology, particularly tales of the culture hero, Glooskap. Parts include; Glooskap The Divinity; The Merry Tales of Lox, The Mischief Maker; The Amazing Adventures of Master Rabbit; The Chenoo Legends; Thunder Stories; At-o-sis, the Serpent; The Partridge; The Invisible One; Story of the Three Strong Men; The Weewillmekq’; and, Tales of Magic.

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Coos Texts

Coos Texts

Leo J. Frachtenberg

This is a short collection of texts from the Coos people of Oregon, collected by anthropologists a century ago. This includes origin myths and lore about what lies beyond the sky and death, tales of people who marry anthropomorphic animals, and legends about natural disasters such as floods and fires.

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Spider Woman, A Story of Navajo Weavers and Chanters

Spider Woman, A Story of Navajo Weavers and Chanters

Gladys A. Reichard

This is an ethnography of Navajo weavers and herders. In this book, Reichard explores the intersection between the fiber arts, mythology, and sand painting, all told in first person. Although completely factual, it reads like a novel. The book is also significant because it is a woman anthropologist exploring the world of Navajo women, their material and spiritual culture.

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Tsimshian Texts

Tsimshian Texts

Franz Boas

This is a collection of texts from the Tsimshian, who lived (and continue to reside) on the northwestern coast of British Columbia. The first three are tales of culture heroes and heroines, far longer than most texts of this kind. These first three stories, with legendary quests, mysterious supernatural beings and atmospheric descriptions…

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Some Western Shoshoni Myths

Some Western Shoshoni Myths

Julian H. Steward

The Shoshoni are Native Americans of the Great Basin region, and south and east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. While the beliefs of other Shoshonean tribes are fairly well documented, there is little published information about the mythology of the Great Basin Shoshone per se. This collection reveals that the Western Shoshone…

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The Autobiography of a Winnebago Indian

The Autobiography of a Winnebago Indian

Paul Radin

A truly fascinating ethno-biography of an Indian man from the Winnebago tribe. Split into two parts and heavily footnoted. Part One deals with the life of the man as he is growing up in his tribe. He recalls the trouble he got into, his experiences with peyote, his conversion, his time in prison and much more. Part Two contain the teachings of his father and include advice on things like medicine, fasting, marriage and relatives…

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Ethnography of the Cahuilla Indians

Ethnography of the Cahuilla Indians

Alfred L. Kroeber

With 15 Plates. This is a short ethnography of the Cahuilla, who inhabited the desert of Southern California. This mostly covers material culture. Chapters include: Geography; Culture; Basketry; Stone Implements; Pottery; Implements of Wood and Fibre; Ceremonial Objects and Beads; Houses; and, Social and Religious Life.

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