Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest

ISBN-10: 0520239261

ISBN-13: 9780520239265

Edition: 1953

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This collection of more than one hundred tribal tales, culled from the oral tradition of the Indians of Washington and Oregon, presents the Indians' own stories, told for generations around their fires, of the mountains, lakes, and rivers, and of the creation of the world and the heavens above. Each group of stories is prefaced by a brief factual account of Indian beliefs and of storytelling customs.Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwestis a treasure, still in print after fifty years.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1953
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Ella E. Clark, who died in 1998, was Professor Emerita of English at Washington State University. She heard her first fragments of Indian myths while serving as a fire lookout for the U.S. Forest Service in the Cascade Mountains. She collected tribal tales in libraries and archives in the U.S. and Canada for many years.

Introduction: From Mountain Peaks to Indian Legends
Myths of the Mountains
The Spirits in Nature
Mount Shasta and the Grizzly Bears modoc
Mount Shasta and the Great Flood shasta
The Peaks of Central Oregon warm springs
Mount Jefferson and the Great Flood
The Chief's Face on Mount Hood
A Mount Adams Story yakima
White Eagle: The Law on Mount Adams yakima
The Bridge of the Gods klickitat
The River Spirit and the Mountain Demons wishram
The Origin of Puget Sound and the Cascade Range
Indian Names for Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains
Mount Rainier and the Great Flood skokomish (?)
The Lake on Mount Rainier puyallup
The Miser on Mount Rainier nisqually
The Origin of Mount Si and the Forests snoqualmie
Kulshan and His Two Wives lummi
Mount Baker and the Great Flood squamish
The Origin of Sisters Peak skagit
Other Traditions of the Great Flood several tribes
The Valiey of Peace in the Olympics
The Seven Devils Mountains nez perce
Legends of the Lakes
Spirits and Animals in the Lakes
The Origin of Crater Lake klamath
The War between Lao and Skell: A Legend of Crater Lake
Crater Lake and the Two Hunters klamath
Another Crater Lake Legend klamath
The Elk Spirit of Lost Lake wasco
The Demons in Spirit Lake several tribes
Kwatee and the Monster in Lake Quinault quillayute
The Origin of Lake Crescent quillayute
Nahkeeta: A Story of Lake Sutherland klallam (?)
Mason Lake and the Crying Loon nisqually
The Lake on Vashon Island
The Lake and the Elk-Child klickitat
The Monster and Lake Chelan chelan
The Lakes of the Grand Coulee
Spokane Lake of Long Ago spokane
Chief Joseph's Story of Wallowa Lake nez perce
Tales of the Rivers, Rocks, and Waterfalls
The Animal People of Long Ago
Creation of the Animal People okanogan
How Coyote Got His Special Power lake
Why Rivers Flow but One Way snohomish, quinault
How Coyote Made the Columbia River colville
Coyote and the Monster of the Columbia klickitat
Why Coyote Changed the Course of the Columbia River sanpoil
How Coyote Helped the People several tribes
The Origin of Willamette Falls kalapuya
Pillar Rock
The Cave Monster of the Willamette Valley kalapuya (?)
A Legend of Multnomah Falls
Horsetail Falls and Beacon Rock
Latourell Falls and the Pillars of Hercules
Why the Columbia Sparkles wasco
The Ever-watchful Eye wishram
The Painted Rocks at Naches Gap yakima
The Origin of the Petrified Forest colville
Legends of Steamboat Rock colville
The Hee-Hee Stone okanogan
The Origin of the Spokane River spokane
The Origin of Palouse Falls palouse
Beaver and the Grande Ronde River nez perce
Destruction Island and Tatoosh Island makah
How Kwatee Made the Rivers and Rocks quillayute
How Kwatee Changed the World queets
A Potlatch on the Oregon Coast coquille
Myths of Creation, the Sky, and Storms
Why and When the Tales Were Told
The Creation of the Klamath World klamath
In the Beginning of the Modoc World modoc
The Origin of the Chinook Indians chinook
In the Beginning of the Nisqually World nisqually
The Beginning of the Skagit World skagit
The Beginning and the End of the Okanogan World okanogan
Creation of the Yakima World yakima
The Story of the Changer puyallup
The Changer Comes to the Lummi lummi
Pushing up the Sky snohomish
How Raven Helped the Ancient People
How the People Got the Sun quillayute
The Big Dipper and the Milky Way wasco
The Seven Sisters of the Sky nez perce
Two Canoes in the Sky
The Origin of Cassiopeia's Chair quillayute
The Earth People Visit the Sky People queets
The Northern Lights and Creatures of the Sky makah
Thunderbird and Whale quillayute
Thunder and Lightning nisqually
Thunder's Spirit Power skagit
Thunder and His Son-in-Law quinault
The Battle with Snow chehalis
The Chinook Wind yakima
How Coyote Made the Indian Tribes columbia river tribes
Miscellaneous Myths and Legends
Guardian Spirits
The Hazelnut, a Guardian Spirit yakima
The Origin of Guardian Spirits and of Sweat Lodge sanpoil
The Origin of the Root Festival yakima
The Origin of the Potlatch quillayute
Coyote and Crow yakima
How Coyote Brought Fire to the People several tribes
How Beaver Stole the Fire sanpoil
Coyote and Eagle Visit the Land of the Dead
Memaloose Island, the Island of the Dead wishram
The Mortal Who Married a Merman coos
The Maiden of Deception Pass samish
The Maiden Sacrificed to Winter chinook
Legend of the White Deer umpqua
The Coming of the White People wasco
The First Ship chinook
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