Anguish Of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West: 2 by Barre Toelken

By Barre Toelken

After a profession operating and dwelling with American Indians and learning their traditions, Barre Toelken has written this sweeping research of local American folklore within the West. inside a framework of functionality concept, cultural worldview, and collaborative examine, he examines local American visible arts, dance, oral culture (story and song), humor, and styles of considering and discovery to illustrate what may be gleaned from Indian traditions via Natives and non-Natives alike. within the method he considers well known distortions of Indian ideals, demystifies many traditions by way of displaying how they are often comprehended inside their cultural contexts, considers why a few features of local American existence will not be intended to be understood through or shared with outsiders, and emphasizes how a lot should be realized via sensitivity to and expertise of cultural values.

Winner of the 2004 Chicago Folklore Prize, The affliction of Snails is a vital paintings for the gathering of any severe reader in folklore or local American studies.

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