Sun Came Down The History of the World as My Blackfeet Elders Told It

ISBN-10: 0803262507

ISBN-13: 9780803262508

Edition: 2005

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At the age of sixty-seven, Percy Bullchild (1915–1986), a Blackfeet Indian from Browning, Montana, with little formal education in English, set out to put the oral traditions and history of his people into a permanent written record. He regarded this undertaking—to “write the Indian version of our own true ways in our history and legends,” as he puts it—as both a corrective and an instructive tool. Bullchild culled this remarkable collection of historical legends from his memory of the oral history as it was passed down to him by his elders and by seeking out the oral traditions of other tribes. These stories, like all legends, Bullchild reminds us, “may sound a little foolish, but they are very true. And they have much influence over all of the people of this world, even now as we all live.” Woody Kipp provides a preface for this Bison Books edition.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Earth's beginning
Earth's beginning : a true story to the best of my knowledge
Moon and Big Dipper come into being
The natural forces are created
Earth takes the moon's place
Our human beginning
Creator sun's gift of food to his children
Beginning of many different dialects
The first sickness and death
Medicine, power to heal and prolong life
A disciple of creator sun
Oo-chi-scub-pah-pah, dragging entrails full of dirt
Awk-waa-suh-wah, bellyfat
Napi tales
My-stu-bun, Crowfeather Arrow's revenge
Second revenge of My-stu-bun, Crowfeather Arrow
Napi and the coyotes jumping on ice
Napi doctors a girl he killed
Napi and the chickadees
Napi and the compassionate woman
Napi and the coyote
Napi and the big prairie chicken
Napi and the rock
The making of oldman river
Napi and the gophers
Napi cooks babies
Rocks are sweet
Napi and two ladies
Napi becomes his own son-in-law
Napi and the sun's leggings
Napi doctors a young maiden
Napi and the elk
Napi and the mice
Napi and the bobcat
Napi and the bull berries
Napi and a big-breasted lady
Buffalos laughing to death
Napi and women selecting husbands
Kut-toe-yis, bloodclot tales
The birth of Kut-toe-yis, bloodclot
Kut-toe-yis and the bear family
Kut-toe-yis and the huge vacuum monster
Kut-toe-yis and the sliding woman
Kut-toe-yis and two faceless old ladies
Kut-toe-yis and the woman wrestler
Kut-toe-yis and the snake family
Kut-toe-yis and the mean cannibal chief
Honoring creator sun
Beginning of Native religion
Preserving pelts pipe bundle
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