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Pueblo Indian Folk-Stories

By Charles Lummis


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This is a collection of stories from the Isleta Pueblo people of New Mexico. Charles Lummis [1859-1928] was a pioneering writer, photographer, amateur anthropologist and adventurer who, according to himself, invented the term 'The Southwest'. In 1884, Lummis took a hike from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, which he later chronicled in his best-selling book, A Tramp Across the Continent (1892). In 1885, he became city editor for the Los Angeles Times, and later covered the Apache wars in Arizona. In 1888, Lummis suffered a stroke. To convalesce, he moved to New Mexico, where he embedded himself in Pueblo culture and collected the stories in this book. This was originally published as The Man Who Married the Moon in 1894, and revised and enlarged as the present text in 1910. Lumis moved back to Los Angeles, where he made his home, El Alisal, and founded the Southwest Museum in 1914, at the foot of Mount Washington in East Los Angeles. He also helped restore the Spanish missions in California.

--J. B. Hare

Title Page
List of Illustrations
The Brown Story-Tellers
I. The Antelope Boy
II. The Coyote and the Crows
III. The War-Dance of the Mice
IV. The Coyote and the Blackbirds
V. The Coyote and the Bear
VI. The First of the Rattlesnakes
VII. The Coyote and the Woodpecker
VIII. The Man Who Married the Moon
IX. The Mother Moon
X. The Maker of the Thunder-Knives
XI. The Stone-Moving Song
XII. The Coyote and the Thunder-Knife
XIII. The Magic Hide and Seek
XIV. The Race of the Tails
XV. Honest Big-Ears
XVI. The Feathered Barbers
XVII. The Accursed Lake
XVIII. The Moqui Boy and the Eagle
XIX. The North Wind and the South Wind
XX. The Town of the Snake-Girls
XXI. The Drowning of Pecos
XXII. The Ants that Pushed on the Sky
XIII. The Man Who Wouldn't Keep Sunday
XXIV. The Brave Bobtails
XXV. The Revenge of the Fawns
XXVI. The Sobbing Pine
XXVII. The Quères Diana
XXVIII. A Pueblo Bluebeard
XXIX. The Hero Twins
XXX. The Hungry Grandfathers
XXXI. The Coyote
XXXII. Doctor Field-Mouse
XXXIII. A Pueblo Fairy Tale and the Way it was Told