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Anguish of Snails Native American Folklore in the West

ISBN-10: 0874215560
ISBN-13: 9780874215564
Edition: 2003
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Description: After a career working and living with American Indians and studying their traditions, Barre Toelken has written this sweeping study of Native American folklore in the West. Within a framework of performance theory, cultural worldview, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Publication date: 6/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

After a career working and living with American Indians and studying their traditions, Barre Toelken has written this sweeping study of Native American folklore in the West. Within a framework of performance theory, cultural worldview, and collaborative research, he examines Native American visual arts, dance, oral tradition (story and song), humor, and patterns of thinking and discovery to demonstrate what can be gleaned from Indian traditions by Natives and non-Natives alike. In the process he considers popular distortions of Indian beliefs, demystifies many traditions by showing how they can be comprehended within their cultural contexts, considers why some aspects of Native American life are not meant to be understood by or shared with outsiders, and emphasizes how much can be learned through sensitivity to and awareness of cultural values. Winner of the 2004 Chicago Folklore Prize,The Anguish of Snailsis an essential work for the collection of any serious reader in folklore or Native American studies.

List of Illustrations
Dedication and Acknowledgments
She Comes Along Carrying Spears
Prologue: The Snail's Clues
Cultural Patterns in Native American Folklore: An Introduction
Visual Patterns of Performance: Arts
Kinetic Patterns of Performance: Dance
Oral Patterns of Performance: Story and Song
Patterns and Themes in Native Humor
Cultural Patterns of Discovery
Epilogue: "Gleaning" and the Active Audience
Index

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