Stories from Quechan Oral Literature

by A. M. Halpern, Amy Miller

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The Quechan are a Yuman people who have traditionally lived along the lower part of the Colorado River in California and Arizona. They are well known as warriors, artists, and traders, and they also have a rich oral tradition. The stories in this volume were told by tribal elders in the 1970s and early 1980s. The eleven narratives in this volume take place at the beginning of time and introduce the reader to a variety of traditional characters, including the infamous Coyote and also Kwayúu the giant, Old Lady Sanyuuxáv and her twin sons, and the Man Who Bothered Ants.

This book makes a long-awaited contribution to the oral literature and mythology of the American Southwest, and its format and organization are of special interest. Narratives are presented in the original language and in the storytellers' own words. A prosodically-motivated broken-line format captures the rhetorical structure and local organization of the oral delivery and calls attention to stylistic devices such as repetition and syntactic parallelism. Facing-page English translation provides a key to the original Quechan for the benefit of language learners. The stories are organized into "story complexes", that is, clusters of narratives with overlapping topics, characters, and events, told from diverse perspectives. In presenting not just stories but story complexes, this volume captures the art of storytelling and illuminates the complexity and interconnectedness of an important body of oral literature. Stories from Quechan Oral Literature provides invaluable reading for anyone interested in Native American cultural heritage and oral traditions more generally.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Stories from Quechan Oral Literature ebook for free in PDF format (19.1 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Man Who Bothered Ants
 
Chapter 2
Two Stories about the Orphan Boy and the Monster
 
Chapter 3
Xarathó
 
Chapter 4
Three Stories about Kwayúu
 
Chapter 5
Three Stories about Old Lady Sanyuuxáv
 
Chapter 6
'Aavém Kwasám
 

Book Details

Publisher
Open Book Publishers
Published
2015
Pages
550
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781909254855
ISBN10
9092548553
ISBN13 Digital
9781909254879
ISBN10 Digital
1909254878
PDF Size
19.1 MB
License
CC BY

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