NEW BOOK PRESERVES PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED MYTHS AND TALES FROM NATIVE AMERICANS' ORAL TRADITION
NEW BOOK PRESERVES PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED MYTHS AND TALES
FROM NATIVE AMERICANS' ORAL TRADITION
PULLMAN, Wash., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A lost land inhabited by talking animals and filled with magic has been rediscovered in a new book which preserves the long-standing oral traditions of Pacific Northwestern Native Americans, the publisher said today.
For the first time, myths and tales of the Umatilla, Tenino and Cascades Native Americans who formerly dwelt along the Columbia River from Umatilla to Portland, Ore., are in print.
In "The Forgotten Tribes, Oral Tales of the Teninos and Adjacent Mid-Columbia River Indian Nations," author Donald M. Hines, Ph.D., takes the reader into the mental life of these tribes where animals walk upright, speak, do marvelous deeds; where magic power and the supernatural are employed in frightening ways.
The book is an ideal gift for people who love animals and nature, and who appreciate the unique beauty of Native American cultures. Tales address subjects such as the origins of the horse, and why present winters are relatively mild.
The volume includes G.P. Murdock's description of Tenino culture, written during the 1930s. Turn-of-the-century photographs by Edward Curtis and Maj. Lee Moorehouse show tribal housing, clothing forms and designs, and historical individuals from among the Umatilla, Cayuse, Tenino and Cascades tribes.
Hines, a professional folklorist, has published two previous books on Native American myths and tales: "Tales of the Okanogans" (1976), and "Tales of the Nez Perce" (1984).
This volume also reveals a pristine Pacific Northwest frontier environment, where clear-running Columbia River rapids teemed with immense runs of salmon which sustained tribal life.
But now all is silent, deserted, the Indians gone. About 1,855 of these tribes were removed to the Umatilla Confederated Indian Reservation, or to the Warm Springs Confederated Indian Reservation. What remains are tales of what once was -- captured in this volume.
"The Forgotten Tribes, Oral Tales of the Teninos and Adjacent Mid- Columbia River Indian Nations" is a 176-page, perfect-bound, quality paperback available from Great Eagle Publishing Co., 3020 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road, S.E., Suite 481, Issaquah, Wash., 98027; phone, 206-392-9136; fax, 206-391-7812. Price is $10.95 plus $1.75 shipping for each copy. Washington state residents must add 8.2 percent sales tax (90 cents per copy).
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