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Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest

By Judson, Katharine Berry

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Title: Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest  
Author: Judson, Katharine Berry
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Preface: In the beginning of the New?making, the ancient fathers lived successively in four caves in the Four fold?containing?earth. The first was of sooty blackness, black as a chimney at night time; the second, dark as the night in the stormy season; the third, like a valley in starlight; the fourth, with a light like the dawning. Then they came up in the night?shine into the World of Knowing and Seeing. So runs the Zuni myth, and it typifies well the mental development, insight, and beauty of speech of the Indian tribes along the Pacific Coast, from those of Alaska in the far?away Northland, with half of life spent in actual darkness and more than half in the struggle for existence against the cold and the storms loosed by fatal curiosity from the bear?s bag of bitter, icy winds, to the exquisite imagery of the Zunis and other desert tribes, on their sunny plains in the Southland.

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Table of Contents: Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest, 1 -- Katharine Berry Judson, 1 -- Preface, 2 -- The Beginning of Newness, 4 -- The Men of the Early Times, 6 -- Creation and Longevity, 6 -- Old Mole's Creation, 6 -- The Creation of the World, 7 -- Spider's Creation, 8 -- The Gods and the Six Regions, 9 -- How Old Man Above Created the World, 9 -- The Search for the Middle and the Hardening of the World, 10 -- Origin of Light, 12 -- Pokoh, the Old Man, 12 -- Thunder and Lightning, 13 -- Creation of Man, 13 -- The First Man And Woman, 14 -- Old Man Above and the Grizzlies, 15 -- The Creation of Man?Kind and the Flood, 15 -- The Birds and the Flood, 17 -- Legend of the Flood, 17 -- The Great Flood, 17 -- The Flood and the Theft of Fire, 18 -- Legend of the Flood in Sacramento Valley, 19 -- The Fable of the Animals, 19 -- Coyote and Sun, 20 -- The Course of the Sun, 21 -- The Foxes and the Sun, 21 -- The Theft of Fire, 22 -- The Theft of Fire, 22 -- The Earth?Hardening After the Flood, 23 -- The Origins of the Totems and of Names, 24 -- Traditions of Wanderings, 24 -- The Migration of the Water People, 25 -- Coyote and the Mesquite Beans, 25 -- Origin of the Sierra Nevadas and Coast Range, 26 -- Yosemite Valley, 26 -- Legend of Tu?Tok?A?Nu'?La (El Capitan), 27 -- Legend of Tis?Se'?Yak (South Dome and North Dome), 28 -- Historic Tradition of the Upper Tuolumne, 28 -- California Big Trees, 29 -- The Children of Cloud, 29 -- The Cloud People, 30 -- Rain Song, 31 -- Rain Song, 31 -- Rain Song, 32 -- The Corn Maidens, 32 -- Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest


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