Barry López Barre Toelken
- Title: Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with His Daughter
- Author: Barry López Barre Toelken
- ISBN: 9780380711116
- Page: 498
- Format: Paperback
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Prankster, warrior, seducer, fool Old Man Coyote is the most enduring legend in Native American culture Crafty and cagey often the victim of his own magical intrigues and lusty appetites he created the earth and man, scrambled the stars and first brought fire and death Barry Lopez National Book Award winning author of Arctic Dreams and recipient of thePrankster, warrior, seducer, fool Old Man Coyote is the most enduring legend in Native American culture Crafty and cagey often the victim of his own magical intrigues and lusty appetites he created the earth and man, scrambled the stars and first brought fire and death Barry Lopez National Book Award winning author of Arctic Dreams and recipient of the John Burroughs Medal for his bestselling masterwork Of Wolves and Men has collected sixty eight tales from forty two tribes, and brings to life a timeless myth that abounds with sly wit, erotic adventure, and rueful wisdom.
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I await the day that Coyote returns to Earth we need him again!My interpretation of a Nez Perce Coyote legend can be found here: grandpapier/COYOTE?id_docu
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5GIVING BIRTH TO THUNDER is focuses on Native American tales of Coyote. They range from respectable to raunchy, definitively establishing Coyote’s place as a complex trickster-hero figure. However, it’s not entirely clear whether or not the author simply replaced tricksters from other tribal tales with Coyote himself. The book also pushes a “the single Native American culture” bias, but that probably has more to do with the dated academic standards of the 1970s than outr [...]
Fun book of parables. Sometimes randy, violent, sad, perverse - but mainly funny.Grandfather Coyote is a trickster for sure; creator, shapeshifter, lover, warrior, horndog, thief. He gets as good as he gives. He might steal your meat and hump your woman, but the way he goes about makes for high comedy.This book reminds me of the Aesop's Fables I used to read as a kid; morally rich and entertaining."Coyote went down to the council with Otter's coat on. When the other animals saw him they thought [...]
This book is an interesting compilation of stories from various Native American groups about the important figure of Coyote. The figure of Coyote has many facets as the book teaches us. The author exemplifies this by his use of the chapters and their design. Each chapter shows a different side of Coyote and so it is as if each chapter has its own goal to explain a specific character trait. Once that chapter reaches this goal (usually at the end of the story) the chapter ends, even if it was only [...]
A collection of anthropologists' versions, not direct transcriptions of oral tales, so a bit clunky and dusty, in spite of Lopez's stated attempts to improve the style. I suspect (I'll never know) that the tales are/were quite different in the telling. But coyote as culture-hero, clown, trickster and everyman--that is, as the closest thing to a representative of humans in the mythic world--comes through. And it struck me that there is probably even a bizarre and tortured through-line to Wile E. [...]
A collection of stories about the ubiquitous American Indian trickster figure. Lopez avoids the temptation of many earlier anthologists of trying to fit them into standard European templates, making Coyote strictly a hero or a devil analogue or turning the tales into "just so" stories. This means some come off as pointless, obscure, silly, scatological, or completely alien to the non-Indian reader - and let's face it, sometimes they are - but this, as they say, is a bug not a feature when it com [...]
A wonderful collection of traditional stories from multiple tribes all centering on Coyote. The tales span from creation to explaining how certain landmarks were formed. This was the first book I ever read by Barry Lopez, and was delighted when I borrowed a book that seemingly had no relation to find it was by the same author. Small world. If you're interested in any of the peoples of North America or even just the landscape itself, he's an author worth looking into further.
This one's a collection of tales of Coyote, the trickster in various stories from various Native American peoples. All of the tales are short. Some are interesting, some are pretty weak. As the introduction states, these tales were meant to be told by a storyteller, not read in a tome. I suppose I could have tried reading them aloud
Rather bare bones retellings. They don't seem to be in the teller's original words, yet they aren't artificially and overly embellished in the process of retelling them.I like the variety shown here - MANY different tribes, everything from creation tales to morality tales to just plain amusing stories.
This collection of stories about the trickster and imitator Coyote enjoyably shows that sometimes Native Americans liked stories just for the sake of a good yarn; they didn't always have to be full of mysticism leading to a moral.
This collection of coyote tales from North America is one of the best mythology books I've ever read.
only for enthusiasts
I first read this in the deserts of southwest Utah next to a campfire. It's been in my library ever since
This is one of the definitive collections of coyote tales. Lopez not only collects great stories and tells them with an engaging voice, he also provides an insightful introduction.
I loved this book. Coyote made me laugh so hard!
another great book from this re-teller of Native tales
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