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Choctaw Tales - Tom Mould

Choctaw Tales

By: Tom Mould (Editor), Phillip Martin (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 16th November 2011
ISBN: 9781578066834
Number Of Pages: 290

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A treasury of tribal lore told by past and present Choctaw storytellers Including stories from the 1700s to today, Choctaw Tales showcases the mythic, the legendary and supernatural, the prophecies and histories, the animal fables and jokes that make up the rich and lively Choctaw storytelling tradition. The stories display intelligence, artistry, and creativity as Choctaw narrators, past and present, express and struggle with beliefs, values, humor, and life experiences. Photographs of the storytellers complement the text. For sixteen tales, the Choctaw-language version appears in addition to the English translation. Many of these stories, passed down through generations, address the Choctaw sense of isolation and tension as storytellers confront eternal, historical, and personal questions about the world and its inhabitants. Choctaw Tales, the first book to collect these stories, creates a comprehensive gathering of oral traditions from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Each story brings to life the complex and colorful world of the Choctaw tribe and its legend and lore. The shukha anumpa include tall tales, jokes, and stories of rabbit and turtle and bear. The stories of the elders are populated by spirits that bring warnings and messages to the people. As a whole, these tales provide a spectrum of legend and a glimpse of a vibrant, thriving legacy. Tom Mould is a professor of folklore at Elon University and is the author of Choctaw Prophecy: A Legacy of the Future.

Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Introductionp. xxv
The Storytellersp. 3
Storytellers of the Pastp. 3
Storytellers of the Presentp. 15
The Genres of Choctaw Storytellingp. 38
Native Termsp. 40
Commentary and Contextualizationp. 45
Patterns and Performancep. 53
A Note on the Textsp. 57
Creation Stories and Mythsp. 61
The Choctaw Creation Legendp. 64
Nane Chahap. 65
Men and Grasshoppersp. 65
Creation of the Tribesp. 66
Origin of the Crawfish Bandp. 67
The Creation of the Choctawp. 68
The Migration Legendp. 71
Migrationp. 72
A Short Story of the Creation of the First Manp. 73
Tradition of the Floodp. 73
The Floodp. 75
Lightning and Thunderp. 76
The Origin of Cornp. 77
Corn-Finding Mythp. 77
Wild Geese and the Origin of Cornp. 78
The Geese, the Ducks, and Waterp. 78
The Life of Dogsp. 79
How the Snakes Acquired Their Poisonp. 80
The Owlp. 81
Tashka and Walop. 81
The Hunter of the Sunp. 83
Yallofalaiyap. 85
Nameless Choctawp. 88
The Hunter and the Alligatorp. 92
Supernatural Legends and Encountersp. 94
The Girl and the Devilp. 97
The Eagle Storyp. 98
Skate'nep. 99
Hoklonote'shep. 101
A Story of Kashikanchakp. 101
Kashikanchakp. 103
The Spectre and the Hunterp. 104
The Hunter Who Became a Deerp. 107
The Man Who Became a Snakep. 109
Half-Horse, Half-Manp. 112
Kashehotapalop. 113
Na Losa Falayap. 113
Manlike Creaturep. 114
Okwa Nahollo-White People of the Waterp. 115
Big Pondp. 116
The Water Choctawp. 117
Pas Falayap. 117
Nishkin Chafa-One-Eyep. 121
Headless Manp. 123
The Inhuman Na Losa Chittop. 123
The Demon Na Losa Chittop. 124
A Big Hogp. 125
Big Black Hairy Monsterp. 126
The Black Stumpp. 127
The Choctaw Robin Goodfellowp. 128
The Floating Lightp. 129
Lightsp. 131
Kowi Anukashap. 131
Medicine Womanp. 132
The Little Manp. 133
Pile of Rocksp. 137
A Witchp. 139
Choctaw Doctorsp. 140
Shape-Changerp. 141
The Baseball Gamep. 141
Dancing Lightsp. 143
Hashok Okwa Hui'ga-Dew Drop (Will-o-the-wisp)p. 144
The Blue Lightp. 144
Disappearing Lightsp. 145
The Ghostp. 146
Spirit of the Deadp. 146
Two Brothersp. 147
Historical Legendsp. 148
White Men Bring Alcoholp. 149
Fighting the Muskogeesp. 150
Crossing the Linep. 151
Death of Pushmatahap. 153
Removalp. 154
Sneaking Back from Oklahomap. 155
Land Swindlingp. 156
Grandfather's Landp. 156
Burning Sticksp. 157
Prophecyp. 159
Changing Landscape and Intermarriagep. 160
Planes, Roads, and Culturep. 161
Intermarriage, Roads, and Changing Seasonsp. 162
Changing Worldp. 163
Electricity, Plumbing, and Social Dancingp. 165
Cars, Roads, and Changing Valuesp. 167
A Great Illnessp. 168
The Third Removalp. 170
Warp. 172
Extinctionp. 172
End of the Worldp. 173
Land Getting Oldp. 173
Jokes and Tall Storiesp. 176
The Carp. 178
Running Waterp. 179
Whatyousayp. 180
Time to Kill Hogsp. 180
The Horse's Eggp. 181
The Funeralp. 182
The White Catp. 183
The Man and the Turkeyp. 184
The Dog Who Spoke Choctawp. 185
The Trip to Arkansasp. 187
Tall Storiesp. 188
The Lucky Shotp. 189
Help from Abovep. 190
Animal Storiesp. 192
The Ball Gamep. 194
Race between the Hummingbird and the Cranep. 195
The Hummingbirdp. 196
The Dove Storyp. 196
How the Biskantak Got Water for the Birdsp. 197
Why the Buzzard Has More Offspring Than the Owlp. 197
Why the Guinea Hen Is Speckledp. 198
Boatmakerp. 198
The Hunters and the Bearsp. 200
Rabbit and the Bearsp. 200
How the Bear Lost His Tailp. 202
How the Rabbit Got a Short Tailp. 202
How the Bullfrog Lost His Hornsp. 203
How the Alligator Got His Backp. 204
Rabbit and Turtle Racep. 205
Race between the Turkey and the Terrapinp. 206
Turtle and Turkeyp. 207
Why Terrapins Never Get Fatp. 208
Turtle, Turkey, and the Antsp. 209
Why There Are Seams in the Terrapin's Shellp. 210
Why the Turtle's Shell Is Sewed Upp. 210
How the Terrapin Lost the Ability to Climb Treesp. 211
Raccoon and 'Possump. 211
Possum and Coonp. 212
The Panther and the Opossump. 213
Possum and the Foxp. 217
Why the Rabbit's Skin Is Loosep. 218
Bear and Rabbitp. 219
How the Rabbit Fooled the Turkeysp. 219
Rabbit and Fox Farm Togetherp. 220
Rabbit Rides Wolfp. 221
Rabbit Gains a Wifep. 221
How Rabbit Made the Animals Angryp. 223
Rabbit and the Gardenp. 224
Stories in Choctawp. 227
The Choctaw Creation Legendp. 227
Lightning and Thunderp. 228
Corn-Finding Mythp. 228
A Story of Kashikanchakp. 229
Kashikanchakp. 230
The Man Who Became a Snakep. 231
The Big Pondp. 234
Pas Falayap. 235
The Inhuman Na Losa Chittop. 238
The Black Stumpp. 238
Cars, Roads, and Changing Valuesp. 239
The Funeralp. 240
The Dog Who Spoke Choctawp. 242
Help from Abovep. 243
The Dove Storyp. 244
How the Biskantak Got Water for the Birdsp. 245
Annotations to the Storiesp. 246
Notesp. 269
Sources Citedp. 278
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9781578066834
ISBN-10: 1578066832
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 16th November 2011
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.44  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.56