Anguish of Snails Native American Folklore in the West
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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 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.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Publication date: 6/1/2003
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
|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|