Note: Many of my clients are scholars and historians seeking specific information related to their research. For their convenience I include the following details directly from this book.Subject Matter Illustrated/Discussed in this Work (Partial Only, See Full Contents Below): Native American Indian Myth Legends Oral Tradition Tales Pacific Northwest Totem Animals Poles Spirits Bear Crow Wolf Thunder Bird North Woods Washington Oregon, Idaho Vancouver Tribes Chinook Haida Chippewa Quinault Medicine Men Squaw Man Masks Illustrated. TOTEM TALES Indian Stories, Indian Told. Gathered in the Pacific Northwest by W. FIRST EDITION Published in 1896 by Star Publishing Co. 8 x 6 decorated cloth hardcover. Exterior as shown in photo. Text is clean and complete.
No torn, loose or missing pages. Nice example of this rare 19th-century Native American book. This is a rare collection of 31 authentic Indian legends personally recorded by the author from aged tribal members and woodsmen of the Pacific Northwest.Some of the tales were originally published in a 19th-century periodical called Forest And Stream. Each story is accompanied by the authors illustrations, more than 170 illustrations in all. Totems are the common theme of these stories.
Totems, as you may know, are spiritual entities that are said to watch over or assist a group of people, such as a tribe. The totem is usually an animal or other natural figure that spiritually represents the tribe. In this book, you will find totem legends involving bears, crows, wolves, whales, the Thunder Bird and more. These totem animal figures are traditionally found on totem poles of the Pacific Northwest.The author himself tramped through the North Woods of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Vancouver. He spent many a night listening to these tales from the lips of some old and wrinkled member of the tribe, a trained story teller, while crouched by the side of an a blaze in the open air. The tribes include the Chinook, Haida, Chippewa, Quinault and others. He writes in the Preface. The stories contained in this little volume under the title of Totem Tales are the result of careful study and research among various tribes of Indians of the Northwestern Pacific Coast. The Indian peculiarity of narration is kept as nearly as possible, consistent with an understandable translation from the native tongue into English. The Indian names are all spelled phonetically, necessarily, so they should be pronounced as they are written by the sounds represented. The stories constitute the embodiment of the Indian mytho-religious beliefs, and, as they are gathered from several tribes, they will sometimes clash as to the doings or looks of some of the characters, and in some cases the same character is mentioned by a different name, arising from the different tribal languages. Some of the stories contained in this volume were told to the author by the side of the campfire in the great forest of the far Northwest, others were obtained from squaw men who had married into the tribes and were familiar with the tales. Others were gathered from men of long residence in the Northwest, who had heard them from the old Indian story-tellers, characters who are fast vanishing with civilization. The book is also equipped with a 13-page Vocabulary and Historical Appendix, which serves as a glossary for many of the Indian names and words used in the legends and furnishes notes about their meanings and origins. In order to give you the best description of this rare and fascinating old book, I have provided some helpful details below, starting with a summary of the Contents. Further down the page, you can also see some of the illustrations from the book. Contents Are: The Talking Pine Song of the Waters Dance of the Wind Ka-ke-hete, the Chief of the Demons Birth of Skamson The Deeds of Yelth Wee-nat-chee, the Rainbow Cawk, the Beavers Daughter Quaw-te-aht, the Changer The Great Waters The Crow Children Kit-so-ma-o, the Stone Mother The Rain Song Of Wah-wah-hoo, the Frog Kloo-Kwallie, the Medicine Dance About the River Falls Tale of the Demons Magic of the Evil Eye Concerning a Hunter and a Bear Doak-a-Batl, the Maker Birth of the Sun Spe-ow and the Spider Ta-ko-mah, the Mountain The Bear Mother Yelth and the Butterfly Klale Tah-mah-na-wis Reading of the Totem Pole Carving of the Medicine Rattle Skamson, the Thunderer The Tah-mah-na-wis of Sdoaks.
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