Indian Why Stories
Sparks from War Eagle's Lodge-Fire 2nd Expanded edition
By (author) Frank Bird Linderman
Introduction by Sarah Waller Hatfield Sarah J. Hatfield
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Indian Why Stories by Frank Bird Linderman
Book DescriptionOld-man, or Napa, as he was called by the Blackfeet, is an extraordinary character in Indian stories. Both powerful and fallible, he appears in different guises: god or creator, fool, thief, clown. The world he made is marvelous but filled with mistakes. As a result, tensions between the haves and have-nots explode with cosmic consequences in Indian Why Stories. Elders of the Blackfeet, Cree, and Chippewa (Ojibwa) people shared these wonderful tales with Frank B. Linderman in the late nineteenth century and early years of the twentieth century. War Eagle (the fictional name of Linderman's friend and Chippewa medicine man Pah-nah-to, or Full-of-dew), tells these stories to attentive youngsters after the first frost in the fall. He speaks of animal people, including a deer and an antelope in a footrace, a dancing fox who convulses a buffalo with laughter, a white beaver and ghost people, a huge snake in love with the moon, a sparrow hawk of conscience, and many others. These sparkling tales reveal a reverence for life, honesty, and the unity of creation. This expanded edition features thirteen previously unpublished verse stories along with an introduction to those stories by Sarah Waller Hatfield, granddaughter of Linderman.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803280380
(203mm x 133mm x 16mm)
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Frank Bird Linderman
Big Jinny, Paperback (May 2005)
"Bears are commonly misquoted." That's what the author concluded after spending most of his life in the wild. In this book, he lets a little grizzly cub speak for herself, and Jinny has plenty to say. It tells Jinny's story about growing up in the Montana wilderness, where every day promises adventure, mischief - and danger.
Pretty-Shield, Paperback (October 2003)
Pretty-shield, the legendary medicine woman of the Crows, told her story to Frank Linderman through an interpreter and using sign language. Through her eyes, this book presents the courtship, marriage, childbirth and the care of babies, medicine-dreams, the care of the sick, and other facets of Crow womanhood.
Plenty-Coups, Paperback (November 2002)» View all books by Frank Bird Linderman
In his old age, Plenty-coups (1848-1932), the last hereditary chief of the Crow Indians, told the exciting, moving story of his life to Frank B Linderman, the well-known western writer who had befriended him. This title offers an account of the nomadic, spiritual, and warring life of Plains Indians before they were forced on to reservations.
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Author Biography - Frank Bird Linderman
Frank B. Linderman (1869-1938) spent his adult life in Montana, first as a trapper and then as an author, politician, and businessman. He lived closely with the Salish, Blackfeet, Crows, and other Native peoples in the region and is the author of Plenty-coups: Chief of the Crows and Pretty-shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows, both available in Bison Books editions.
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