Booklist: Native American Myths

American Indian Myths and Legends
Edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz
This collection of 160 tales from 80 tribal groups presents a broad perspective on Native American myths. This comprehensive volume includes contemporary versions of American Indian myths alongside 19th-century versions.
Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library, Pantheon Press, New York, 1984

American Indian Trickster Tales.
Edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz
A selection of more than 100 "trickster" tales, including stories about Coyote and Raven, from 55 tribal groups.
Penguin Books, New York, 1998

A Coyote Reader
By William Bright
Anthropological linguist William Bright compiled this collection of traditional stories and poems, as well as contemporary tales, about the trickster character Coyote.
University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1993

Dine Bahane: The Navajo Creation Story
Translated by Paul G. Zolbrod
This new translation of the Navajo creation story preserves the social and religious significance of the original stories. Paul Zolbrod worked with Navajo elders to translate transcriptions of early-20th-century Navajo performances.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1988

The Raven Steals the Light
By Robert Bringhurst. Illustrations by Bill Reid.
Haida artist Bill Reid collaborates with poet Robert Bringhurst to present traditional Haida myths.
Douglas and MacIntyre and University of Washington Press. Vancouver and Seattle, 1996

A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Storytellers and Their World.
By Robert Bringhurst
Canadian poet and linguist Robert Bringhurst reinterpets the manuscripts of John Swanton, who captured the words of traditional Haida storytellers, poets, and historians in 1900-1901.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1999

Tewa Tales
By Elsie Clews Parsons. Introduction by Barbara A. Babcock.
Reprint of a collection of over 100 tales from the Tewa groups in New Mexico and Arizona. Originally published in 1926, the book has a new introduction. The tales include origin stories, animal tales, and accounts of cultural practices that show the differences between the New Mexico and Arizona Tewa groups.
University of Arizona Press, Tuscon, 1994

For a more extensive bibliography of Northwest Coast stories and oral histories, see the Web site of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at:

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