Native American Oral Traditions

A group of seven intercultural authors (Native American and non-Native American scholars), have worked together to produce Native American Oral Traditions: Collaboration and Interpretation. Their goal was to have academics and Native peoples truly work together to discover the breadth of meaning found within the original texts. The traditions and Native American texts included in this text are from the American West. They cover the Yupik from the Arctic down to the Yaqui, who lived in the Sonoran Desert.

A secondary goal of this text is to provide models for other similar collaborations between scholars and Native peoples.

A work like this obviously has a number of authors. Larry Evers and Barre Toelken edited the work. Toelken is a English and history professor at Utah State University and is the director of their Folklore Program. He has also been studying Navajo oral traditions for over 40 years. Evers is head of the English Department at the University of Arizona.

The text is available as a PDF file or a printed copy can be purchased from University Press of Colorado.

Table of Contents for Native American Oral Traditions

“Like this it stays in your hands”
Collaboration and Ethnopoetics
Tracking “Yuwaan Gagéets”
A Russian Fairy Tale in Tlingit Oral Tradition
Reading Martha Lamont’s Crow Story Today
Collaborative Sociolinguistic Research among the Tohono O’odham
“Wu-ches-erik (Loon Woman) and Ori-aswe (Wildcat)”
Coyote and the Strawberries
Cultural Drama and Intercultural Collaboration
“There Are No More Words to the Story”
About the Authors

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