Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country

Paperback | March 1, 1980

EditorJarold Ramsey

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The vivid imagination, robust humor, and profound sense of place of the Indians of Oregon are revealed in this anthology, which gathers together hitherto scattered and often inaccessible legends originally transcribed and translated by scholars such as Archie Phinney, Melville Jacobs, and Franz Boas.

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The material cause of this book is a Central Oregon childhood spent around Indians and devoted to hunting for the artifacts of their ancestors, the efficient cause is in the works of the late Melville Jacobs.

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The vivid imagination, robust humor, and profound sense of place of the Indians of Oregon are revealed in this anthology, which gathers together hitherto scattered and often inaccessible legends originally transcribed and translated by scholars such as Archie Phinney, Melville Jacobs, and Franz Boas.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:March 1, 1980Publisher:University Of Washington Press

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ISBN - 10:029595731X

ISBN - 13:9780295957319

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Table of Contents

IntroductionEditor’s NoteMythological Map of OregonPART ONE, Northeastern OregonCoyote and the Swallowing Monster (Nez Perce)Smohalla’s Ghost Dance Cosmogony (Wanapum)Dream Prophecy Song (Nez Perce)How the Cayuse Got Fire (Cayuse)Cottontail Boy and Snowshoe Rabbit (Nez Perce)Cottontail Boy Steals Thunderer’s Wife (Nez Perce)Coyote Becomes a Buffalo (Nez Perce)Turtle Outsims White Bull (Nez Perce)Coyote and Fox Marry Husbands (nez Perce)The Umatilla Birdman (Umatilla)How Fish-Hawk Raided the Sioux (Cayuse)Laptissa’n and the Seven-headed Monster (Nez Perce)Cry-Because-He-Had-no-Wife (Nez Perce)Red WIllow (Nez Perce)Morning Song (Nez Perce)How Enga-Gwacu Jim Met the Great Father (Bannock)Coyote and the Shadow People (Nez Perce)Chief Joseph Speaks in Washington, D.C. (Nez Perce)PART TWO, the ColumbiaCoyote at the Mouth of the Columbia (Wishram)Coyote Frees the Fish (Wishram)Coyote and the Mouthless Man (Wishram)Coyote and the First Pregnancy (Wishram)Coyote’s Carlessness (Wasco-Warm Springs)Tsagigla’lal (Wishram)Chief Mark Considers Monogamy, Warm Srpings Agency 1871A Wasco Woman Deceives Her Husband (Wasco)The Deserted Boy (Wishram)Little Raccoon and His Grandmother (Wasco-Warm Springs)Wren Kills Elk (Lower Chinook)The Elk, the Hunter, and the Greedy Father (Wasco)The Big-footed Man and His Son (Wasco)Wishram Canoe Song The Battle of the Winds (Warm Springs)The Sun box (War Prings)The Wishram CalendarThe Girl on the Ice (Wasco)The Boy Who Went to Live with the Seals (Wasco)A Boy and His Sitster Escape an At’at’a’hlia (Wasco)Arrow-Point Maker and Tobacco-Hunter (Wasco)Two Brothers Become Sun and Moon (Wasco)Coyote and Eagle Go to the Land of the Dead (Wishram)Wishram Song for Gathering Bones for BurialThe "Stick" Indians (Warm Springs)PART THREE, The Willamette ValleyCoyote Builds Willamette Falls & the Magic Fish Trap (Clackamas Chinook)The Skookum’s Tongue (Clackamas Chinook)The Skookum and the Wonderful Boy (Clackamas Chinook)Badger and Coyote Were Neighbors (Clackamas Chinook)Seal and Her Younger Brother Lived There (Clackamas Chinook)She Deceived Herself with Milt (Clackamas Chinook)A Girls’ Game (Clackamas Chinook)The Kalapuya Way (Santiam Kalapuya)The Four Creations (Atfalati Kalapuya)Kalapuya Ceremonial SongAmhuluk, the Monster of Wapato Lake (Santiam Kalapuya)Ptchiza’ and the Seven-headed Snake (mary’s River Kalapuya)Coyote’s Swallowing Match with Grizzly Bear (Molale)The Indians Hear a Treaty Speech in 1855 (Santiam Kalapuya)Jo Hutchins Speech 1869 (Santiam Kalapuya)PART FOUR, The CoastSouth Wind Marries Ocean’s Daughter (Nehalem Tillamook)The Exploits of South Wind (Nehalem Tillamook)Coyote in the Cedar Tree (Chinook)Coyote Invents the Fishing Rituals (Chinook)How Coyote Kills the Giantess and Herded the Salmon (Chinook)The Man Who Lived with Thunderer (Tillamook)Thunderstorm Exorcism (Alsea)How the Coos People Discovered Fire (Coos)The Chetco (Chinook)Wild Woman At Children (Nehalem Tillamook)The Woman Who married a Merman (Coos)Coyote and the Two Frog-Women (Alsea)The Magical Hazel Twig (Alsea)Xi’lgo and the Brother and Sister Who Married Each Other (Tillamook)The White Wife of Mouse (Coos)The Girl Who Married a Ghost (Chinook)How a Chinook Man Went to the Land of the Dead and Came Back (Chinook)The Journey across the Ocean (Tillamook)The Revenge against the Sky People (Coos)The First SHip Comes to Clatsop County (Chinook)PART FIVE, Southwestern OregonCreation of the Klamath Country (Kalmath)Modoc PrayersThe Rainmaker (Modoc)The WIldcat Brothers (Modoc)Frost and Thunder (Modoc)Thunder and Eagle Boy (Modoc)Chief Allen David of the Klamaths & Captain Jack of the Modocs 1869The Klamath CalendarThe Crater Lake Myth (Klamath)The Story of Swa-ya (Klamath)Little Porcupine and Coyote (Klamath)Coyote in Love with a Star (Klamath)Chiloquin the Hero (Klamath)Two Klamath Monsters (Klamath)Grizzly Bear and Black Bear (Takelma)The Theft of Fire (Shatsa)Genesis (Joshua-Tututni)PART SIX, The Great Basin Northern PaiuteThe Tracks of the CreatorHow the Animals Found Their PlacesThe Purging of Malheur CaveThe Creation of the IndiansVagina DentataCoyote and His DaughterCoyote Learns to HuntCoyote and Wolf Go HuntingCoyote the Eye-JugglerThe Theft of Pine NutsNumuzo’ho Plays BallNumuzo’ho in the MortarCoyote and BearCoyote Shoots the NightCottontail Shoots the SunHumming Bird’s Space FlightThe Thunder BadgerHow to Control the WeatherWhite Men are SnakesThe True Beginning of the EarthNotesBibliography

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The material cause of this book is a Central Oregon childhood spent around Indians and devoted to hunting for the artifacts of their ancestors, the efficient cause is in the works of the late Melville Jacobs.

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Coyote Was Going There... is really loaded with literary and historical treasure, making it one of those few works which can provide us with an option against continued ignorance. The American West will not come of age as a place for indigenous literature until we can count these stories among all the classics of mankind’s expressive output."

- Western American Literature