Achomawi and Atsugewi Myths and Tales
ACHOMAWI and ATSUGEWI MYTHS and TALES
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A GREAT READ FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WANTING TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THEIR ROOTS!
In this volume you will find 17 Achomawi and Atsugewi tales of the search for fire, the creation myth, the making of daylight, Loon woman, Hawk Man, Pine Marten and the Bead Sisters and more.
But ask anyone anywhere in the world to name an American Indian tribe and the names Apache or Cheyenne would readily be offered. We have Hollywood to thanks for this. But ask where in the world the Achomawi or the Atsugewi can be found and you will most likely be given blank stares unless of course if you are a resident of northern California, northern Nevada or maybe South Oregon. Both tribes form part of the Shastan stock, of which the Shasta are perhaps the best-known members.
THE myths and tales in this volume were secured during the summers of 1900 and 1903 by Roland B. Dixon, while engaged in work among the tribes of northeastern California for the Huntington Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History. Some were secured in text, but nearly half were obtained only in brief form in English.
The last myths were gathered by Jeremiah Curtain from the Atsugewi, or Hat Creek Indians, the remainder from the Achomawi or Pit River tribe.
So pick up a copy and settle down in a comfy armchair and explore the folklore, myths and legends of these relatively unknown American Indian tribes.
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Excerpt from ACHOMAWI and ATSUGEWI MYTHS and TALES
PINE-MARTEN MARRIES THE BEAD SISTERS
Once Upon A Time the two Bead girls were sent by their mother to marry Cocoon-Man's son. He was wrapped up and put away. He had never been outside, and had never eaten anything.
The Bead sisters came from a place far off in the ocean. They came on the water, brought by the wind, and they always sang the song of the wind. It took just one day for them to reach Cocoon-Man's house. His daughters liked the two girls and gave them food. All the men were out hunting, and the daughters sent the two girls into the sweathouse and told them to sit by Pine-Marten's bed. They could not get Cocoon-Man's son, the one their mother had sent them for. Cocoon-Man would not listen to it, so they took Pine-Marten, and stayed three days with him. At the end of that time they wanted to go home. Pine-Marten asked all his people for blankets and shells to give his wives to carry home. They started. Cocoon-Man made a trail to the west to walk on. He sent his words out west, put his hand out west and east to make a trail, and immediately it was open. Cocoon-Man sat on the ground in the center,
and made a rainbow reaching from the place where he sat to the home of the girls.
The company started. Weasel went with Pine-Marten up to the top of the rainbow, and the women went under it. While they were travelling, Weasel made a flute out of a reed, and made sweet music that sounded through the world and was heard by every living being.
The two sisters walked on the lower rainbow, the reflection, and reached home safely. Next year Pine-Marten had children. He made a boy of beadshells, and from a round shell which he threw into his wife a girl was born. In the spring of the second year, he came back on the same trail that Cocoon-Man had made. His children grew very fast. Then he left his boy at home, and sent his girl to her grandmother in the ocean. The boy stayed with Cocoon-Man. The third year he had two sons and two daughters.
Now Pine-Marten's wife took one son and one daughter to her mother in the ocean; and Pine- Marten kept one son and one daughter, and they lived with him at Fall River.
Table of Contents for ACHOMAWI and ATSUGEWI MYTHS and TALES
|ACHOMAWI and ATSUGEWI MYTHS & TALES|
|1. CREATION MYTH (ACHOMAWI)|
|2. THE MAKING OF DAYLIGHT (ACHOMAWI)|
|3. HAWK-MAN (ACHOMAWI)|
|4. SEARCH FOR FIRE (ACHOMAWI)|
|5. LOON-WOMAN (ACHOMAWI)|
|6. THE LOST BROTHER (ACHOMAWI)|
|7. BLUEJAY AND LIZARD AND THE GRIZZLY BEARS (ACHOMAWI)|
|8. SILVER-FOX AND COYOTE (ACHOMAWI)|
|9. THE MOLE AND THE SUN (ACHOMAWI)|
|10. COYOTE AND CLOUD (ACHOMAWI)|
|11. CREATION MYTH (ATSUGEWI)|
|12. FLINT-MAN, THE SEARCH FOR FIRE, AND LOON WOMAN (ATSUGEWI)|
|1. PINE-MARTEN MARRIES THE BEAD SISTERS|
|2. KANGAROO-RAT RACES WITH COYOTE AND OTHERS|
|3. THE BUZZARD BROTHERS AND WOOD-WORM|
|4. THE HOUSE OF SILVER-FOX|
|5. FISH-HAWK AND HIS DAUGHTER|
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