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Maya Hieroglyphic Writing (Excerpts)

By: J. Eric S. Thompson

Description: J. Eris S. Thompson was one of the leading 20th century Mayan scholars. This is a set of excerpts from Thompson's massive opus on Mayan writing. Mayan dates were the first elements of this writing system which were decoded, so there is extensive discussion of the Mayan calendar in this work. New portions of this book will be added in the near future, but it is not feasible to post the entire book on the web at this point.

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Yucatan Before and After the Conquest

By: Diego De Landa

Description: Among the many 'bad guys' in the history of sacred texts, the Friar Diego de Landa has to occupy a special circle in hell. In 1562, de Landa conducted an 'Auto de fé' in Maní where in addition to 5000 'idols,' he burned 27 books in Maya writing. This one act deprived future generations of a huge body of Mayan literature. He culturally impoverished the descendents of the Mayas, and left only four codices for scholars to puzzle over. The document translated ...

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The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel, Score Nam Cbc

By: Ralph L. Roys

Description: The Mayan Chilam Balam books are named after Yucatec towns such as Chumayel, Mani, and Tizimin, and are usually collections of disparate texts in which Mayan and Spanish traditions have coalesced. The Yucatec Mayas ascribed these to a legenda

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Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest, Score CA Mlcal

By: K. B. Judson

Description: The Library of Alexandria is an independent small business publishing house. We specialize in bringing back to live rare, historical and ancient books. This includes manuscripts such as: classical fiction, philosophy, science, religion, folkl

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Mythology of the Mission Indians, Score CA Mmi

By: C. G. Du Bois

Description: This is a collection of papers by Constance Goddard Du Bois on the mythology of the Luiseño and Diegueño Indians of Southern California

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The Story of the Chaup, a Myth of the Diegueños

By: C. G. Du Bois

Description: Constance Goddard Du Bois (1889-1934) was an American novelist and an ethnographer, writing extensively between 1899 and 1908 about the native peoples and cultures of southern California. Her published fiction included several short stories plus six novels. Her most enduring contribution was as a self-taught ethnographer, doing pioneering studies in a period when professional academic anthropology was just becoming established in the United States. Starting ...

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Tales of the Cochiti Indians, Score Nam Tci

By: Ruth Benedict

Description: This is a collection of texts from the Cochiti, a Native American Pueblo tribe of New Mexico. Ruth Benedict gathered these texts in the early 1920s in the field with her mentor at Columbia University, Franz Boas. The texts range from mytholog

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An Inquiry Into the Animism and Folk-lore of the Guiana Indians, S...

By: Walter E. Roth

Description: When, some seven years ago, I took up the duties of stipendiary magistrate, medical officer, and protector of Indians in this mosquito-cursed district of the Pomeroon, I determined upon devoting all my spare time—and there has been plenty of

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The Dîné Origin Myths of the Navaho Indians

By: Aileen O'Bryan

Description: Ethnological presentation of Navaho mythology, from the Smithsonian Bulletin. Contains rare and no longer in print material essential to the understanding of the history of this tribe

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Indian Mythe of South Central California, Score CA Scc

By: A. L. Kroeber

Description: Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We havenotused OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads tobadquality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where thereareimages such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have en

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The Peyote Cult, Score Nam Pey

By: Paul Radin

Description: Peyote has never been a drug for thrill seekers. The small, hard cactus is difficult to obtain. It tastes vile, ingestion normally leads to painful vomiting, and the effects are more subtle than other psychedelics. The Native American Peyot

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The Traditions of the Hopi, Score Nam Toth

By: H. R. Voth

Description: This book of Hopi folklore, collected by an ethnographer early in the 20th century, is one of the most extensive available. It is now known that the Hopi were a bit selective in what they told the earliest researchers, but this does not lesse

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The Eskimo of Siberia

By: Waldemar Bogoras

Description: FOLK-TALES. 1. The Dead Bride. There lived a man in the land of Ku’ne, right opposite the island Ima’lik (one of the Diomede Islands). One day he was going to perform the thanksgiving ceremonial, because he was a good sea-hunter, had killed many whales, and fed all his neighbors. So he prepared everything in his house. He placed the tips of whale-flippers upon a skin. Then all at once a thong-seal jumped out of the water-hole upon the ice. The village stood ...

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The Sun Dance and Other Ceremonies of the Oglala Division of the T...

By: J. R. Walker

Description: The Oglala Lakota or Oglala Sioux, meaning to scatter one's own in Siouan, live in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota bordering Nebraska and 50 miles east of Wyoming, the second largest reservation in the United States. The r

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Religious Practices of the Diegueño Indians, Score CA Rpdi

By: T. T. Waterman

Description: This is one of the few ethnographic studies of the original religious practices of the Native American residents of San Diego county. Called Diegueño by Europeans after the mission which named the city, they today call themselves Kumeyaay, a

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Legends and Myths of the Aboriginal Indians of British Guiana, Sco...

By: W. H. Brett

Description: William Henry Brett was a missionary to the Natives of British Guiana, and by his own account, was quite evangelical. Thus, as with all works written by agents of Western power, this book should be read with care. In addition, the entire book

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Achomawi and Atsugewi Tales and Achomawi Myths, Score CA Aat

By: Roland B. Dixon

Description: These two articles include myths of the Achomawi and Atsugewi, who lived in the north-eastern Sierra Nevada of California

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Rig Veda Americanus

By: Daniel G. Brinton

Description: In accordance with the general object of this series of volumes--which is to furnish materials for study rather than to offer completed studies--I have prepared for this number the text of the most ancient authentic record of American religious lore. From its antiquity and character, I have ventured to call this little collection the RIG VEDA AMERICANUS, after the similar cyclus of sacred hymns, which are the most venerable product of the Aryan mind. As fo...

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When the Storm God Rides, Tejas and Other Indian Legends, Score Na...

By: Florence Stratton

Description: This is a collection of Native American lore from Texas. It is focused on the Tejas, a Caddoan group which called itself the Hasinai. The term 'Tejas' is from a Caddoan word which means 'friend,' and it gave us the name of Texas. The Tejas li

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The Mythology of the Diegueños

By: C. G. Du Bois

Description: Constance Goddard Du Bois (1889-1934) was an American novelist and an ethnographer, writing extensively between 1899 and 1908 about the native peoples and cultures of southern California. Her published fiction included several short stories plus six novels. Her most enduring contribution was as a self-taught ethnographer, doing pioneering studies in a period when professional academic anthropology was just becoming established in the United States. Starting ...

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