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1. Handbook of Native American Mythology
2. The Trickster: A Study in American
3. Mysterious Celtic Mythology in
4. Native American Creation Myths
5. Native American Tales and Legends
6. Warriors, Gods & Spirits from
7. Homeland Mythology: Biblical Narratives
8. Voices of the Winds: Native American
9. Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians,
10. Native American Mythology A to
11. South and Meso-American Mythology
12. The Mythology of South America
13. American Samurai: Myth and Imagination
14. American Mythologies
15. Native American Mythology (Mythology
16. Spirits, Heroes & Hunters
17. American Indian Mythology (Meridian
18. South American Mythology
19. Dzelarhons: Mythology of the Northwest
20. American Myth, American Reality

1. Handbook of Native American Mythology (Handbooks of World Mythology)
by Dawn E Bastian, Judy K Mitchell
Paperback: 320 Pages (2008-05-07)
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This revealing work introduces readers to the mythologies of Native Americans from the United States to the Arctic Circle-a rich, complex, and diverse body of lore, which remains less widely known than mythologies of other peoples and places.
In thematic chapters and encyclopedia-style entries, Handbook of Native American Mythology examines the characters and deities, rituals, sacred locations and objects, concepts, and stories that define mythological cultures of various indigenous peoples. By tracing the traditions as far back as possible and following their evolution from generation to generation, Handbook of Native American Mythology offers a unique perspective on Native American history, culture, and values. It also shows how central these traditions are to contemporary Native American life, including the continuing struggle for land rights, economic parity, and repatriation of cultural property.
With more than 40 photographs, illustrations, and maps, here is the most comprehensive and accessible introduction to the mythological heritage of Native North Americans available in one volume. ... Read more

2. The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology
by Paul Radin
Paperback: 211 Pages (1988-01-01)
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Asin: 0805203516
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Anthropological and psychological analysis by Radin Kereny and Jung of the voraciously uninhibited episodes of the Winnebego Trickster cycle. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Ancient Roots of Wile E. Coyote

This is a venerable book first having been published in 1956. Its continuing ready availability over sixty years later speaks to its importance in the field of mythology.

Radin contributes the majority of the essays that make up the book and incorporates additional perspectives by Kerenyyi , Jung, and Stanley Diamond. Included are in depth studies of the Winnebago Trickster and Hare Cycles as well as summaries of the Assiniboine and Tlingit Trickster myths.

The picture that emerges of the Native American expression of this pervasive archetype is comprehensive, deeply researched, and yet very accessible. It will be of value to students of cultural anthropology, as well as those of comparative religion and psychology.

In addition, however, and more unexpectedly it's also an interesting and entertaining read for the layperson.

Be forewarned though - no mention of the road runner is to be found.

4-0 out of 5 stars The trickster at about as strange as it can get
Broken Film: Poems

Raul Radin's The Trickster presents one of the more refreshingling un-filtered American Indian story cycles.Given its age the language does tend to be a bit creaky and the pacing can be a bit slow for modern tastes.But very few readers will fail to have at least one or two well worn scales ripped from their eyes by shocks to either narrative expectation or standard decorum as they work their way through this amazingly fertile and amusing myth.

It is best to treat the tellings in this volume as transcripts, and then to replay them in your imagination to amplify the humor and humanity that are sketched out in the linear renderings.

There is great stuff here when you replay it in the windmills of your mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Used but new(ish)
Bought used for a very good price. Book in excellent condition. Came in mail in a matter of a few days.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good myth but bad commentaries
The Trickster myth is hilarious and it shows how myths can shape people's psyches. The commentaries are somewhat disappointing, though. You must have a big interest in the subject to enjoy this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Coyote on the couch
Although occasionally dry, the connection between myth and psych is touched on here - distinguishing this material from more conventional anthologies of Coyote/Trickster legends.I might suggest the more readableJoseph Campbell, and indeed there's a bit of a connection between the twowriters, and Carl Jung.

There's new material here, even if a little toointellectual for some.Some of the legends were new to me, and thevaluable tidbits made it worth wading through.Jung's contribution isunique.In summary:It's a slower read, but worth the effort. ... Read more

3. Mysterious Celtic Mythology in American Folklore
by Bob Curran
Hardcover: 296 Pages (2010-06-29)
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Many American legends have Celtic origins. Each chapter in this fascinating book presents a Celtic myth and a similar American one. Celtic immigrants brought these legends to all regions of the U.S. Old-world mythology morphs into New World folklore. Curran recounts America's oldest legends and traces their origins to the Celtic mythology of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, presenting a similar old-world tale alongside each American version. Once transported to America, the original Celtic tales evolved to assimilate the new population's geographic, social, and religious customs, weaving their way into the fabric of American folk history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Education with a scary twist
Reviewed by Marty Shaw for Reader Views (10/10)

I consider myself a master when it comes to reading horror. While other kids were reading "The Hardy Boys,",I was getting lost in the worlds created by Stephen King and R.L. Stine. Still, I found a treasure of little-known knowledge within the pages of "Mysterious Celtic Mythology in American Folklore." Throughout the ages and across the globe, people have imagined all kinds of horrors that lurk in the darkness. Mr. Curran introduces us to many of these creatures that have either been lost in the past or changed with the times.

Each chapter provides information on a different category of supernatural entity and draws comparisons between the legends of the Celtic lands and those of the United States. Do these comparisons indicate that similar ghostly forces were at work on both sides of the ocean simultaneously or are they merely an example of how Celtic traditions melded with American ones when settlers traveled to the New World in search of a new life? Mr. Curran leaves it up to you to decide, but he provides a lot of information along the way to help you draw your own conclusions.

From lost and fabulous kingdoms to devil creatures, we are taken on a journey through history that provides insight into mythology and folklore and how these tales of terror have affected people throughout the ages. While it would have been easy to deliver this information in a dry textbook fashion, the author wisely chose to entertain as well as inform. Each chapter is filled with stories that have been handed down through the generations, sharing both personal and second-hand accounts of supernatural events that may have transpired. More than a few of these stories rival some of the best-selling horror plots that are on bookstore shelves and will have you forgetting that you're actually reading a non-fiction book. While I found all the stories to be entertaining, my personal favorite was found in the chapter that discusses ghosts, spirits, and the unquiet dead. The story of Rhode Island's Sarah Tillinghast provides edge-of-your-seat suspense that is sure to please anyone who enjoys a good vampire story.

Fans of myths, legends, folk tales, and horror stories will definitely want to add "Mysterious Celtic Mythology in American Folklore" to their collection. ... Read more

4. Native American Creation Myths (Dover Books on Native Americans)
by Jeremiah Curtin
Paperback: 384 Pages (2004-09-10)
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Every aboriginal nation has its gods, from whom the people receive all that they have, and all that they know. Traditional American Indian life revolved around communication with divinity, and these authentic stories about the origin of the earth and its creatures embody every facet of their culture — customs, institutions, and art.
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5. Native American Tales and Legends (Evergreen Classics)
Paperback: 176 Pages (2001-02-05)
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More than thirty stories from a variety of Native American sources covering creation myths, hero tales, and trickster stories, as well as tales of little people, giants, and monsters, and of magic, enchantment, sorcery, and the spirit world. Included are "The White Stone Canoe" (Chippewa), "Raven Pretends to Build a Canoe" (Tsimhian), "The Theft from the Sun" (Blackfoot), "The Loon’s Necklace" (Iroquois), "The Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting" (Cherokee), "The Coyote" (Pueblo), "The Origin of the Buffalo and of Corn" (Cheyenne), many more.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Native American Tales & Legends
This is a great book ! Easy to read, many different legends.
I bought it for myself & my 8 year old grandson asked if he could have it,
so I ordered one for him.
M. Hudson

4-0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile for children and adults alike
Compiled by Allan MacFarlan, Native American Tales and Legends compiles myths and stories drawn from the title culture.Featuring more than thirty tales, Native American Tales and Legends feature heroic stories and allegories, folk tales, and tales of the spirit world among others, which is pretty much what anyone at all familiar with the Native American culture would expect.Children will enjoy the fairy tale-like quality and dreamlike states of many of the tales ("Manstin, the Rabbit" in particular) and followers of the culture will enjoy this collection even more so.The only real downside of Native American Tales and Legends is that more material wasn't included in this collection, and that no poetry from the culture is featured either, which contains just as much mythology and heart as any of the other stories featured here.Despite that, this is instantly worth picking up regardless. ... Read more

6. Warriors, Gods & Spirits from Central & South American Mythology(World Mythologies Series)
by Douglas Gifford
 Hardcover: 132 Pages (1987-01-13)
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5-0 out of 5 stars terrific assortment
Gifford offers us a unique assortment of myths and legends representative of a widely diverse set of cultural traditions spanning from "south of the Border" to the virtual igloos of Tierra del Fuego. A wide array of peoples, ranging from the highly stratified and ritualized (e.g., the Aztec [who, BTW, called themselves the Mexica] and the Maya) to neolithic forest peoples (I forget the specific tribes, but comparable to, say, the Sharanahua or the Yanomamo or the Jivaro). The stories are intriguing; a spectrum of unfamiliar animals are anthropomorphized to yield a truly unique set of deities; and, to say the least, the hand-painted color illustrations are utterly breathtaking and should richly contribute to younger readers' enjoyment of the stories.

By the way, if you thought you recognized the cover image (supra) of the eagle and the serpent atop the cactus, you thought correctly. That archetype--which announced to the Mexica that they had found their homeland, the high-altitude swamp in which they were to erect their capital--forms the seal of the green, white, and red flag of Los Estados Unidos de Mexico. ... Read more

7. Homeland Mythology: Biblical Narratives in American Culture
by Christopher Collins
Hardcover: 264 Pages (2007-08-30)
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Since 9/11, America has presented itself to the world as a Christianist culture, no less antimodern and nostalgic for an idealized past than its Islamist foes. Their shared master-narrative might sound like this: Once upon a time, the values of the righteous community coincided with those of the state. 'Home' and 'land' were harmoniously united under God. But through intellectual pride (read: science) and disobedience (read: human rights), this God-blessed homeland was lost and now worth every drop of blood it takes, ours and others', to recover.

For Americans, the prime source for this once-and-future-kingdom myth is the Bible, with its many narratives of blessings gained, lost, and regained: the garden of Eden, the covenant with Abraham, the bondage in Egypt, the exodus under Moses, the glory of David and Solomon's realm, the coming of the promised Messiah, his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension into heaven, his apocalyptic return at the end of history, and his establishment of the earthly kingdom of God. As Homeland Mythology shows, these biblical narratives have, over time, inspired a multitude of nationalist narratives, myths ingeniously spun out to justify a number of decidedly unchristian policies and institutions--from Indian genocide, the slave trade, and the exploitation of immigrant workers to Manifest Destiny, imperial expansionism, and, most recently, preemptive war.

On March 25, 2001, in a rare moment of public candor, George W. Bush shared a bit of his political wisdom: 'You can fool some of the people all of the time--and those are the ones you have to concentrate on.' The cynical use of religion to cloak criminal behavior is always worth exposing, but why our leaders lie to us is no longer a mystery. What does remain mysterious is why so many of us are disposed to 'believe' their lies. The unexamined issue that this book addresses is, therefore, not the mendacity of the few, but the credulity of the many. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Important book
I am puzzled and very disappointed that this book is not being widely enough read and written about. I suspect its reputation is growing underground as people pass on copies and recount their experiences in reading it. Collins is a fine writer who brings an awsome command of history, Biblical scholarship, cultural appraisal, literary studies into focus such that the reader is made to see in startlingly new ways what a mess America has been brought to by its present leaders. This is not a superfical glance at the neocons, G W Bush, the Iraq war; it is rather a deeply thoughtful consideration of much that has gone into the long prehistory of the American nightmare -- ancient narratives, the structure of the language, the nature of metaphor, the inner workings of the evangelical mind. The book builds to a conclusion that will have you thinking in new ways about the recent past, not necessarily with bright hopes. Collins has a wonderful sense of humor, low-key, understated, sharp. I recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars marvelous work of scholarship
This is a marvelous work of scholarship that exposes the dangerous myths powering the American worldview.Ought to be required reading in American political science curricula.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Homeland Mythology
Review of Homeland Mythology, by Christopher Collins (Penn State Press, 2007) 262 pp.

Christopher Collins' Homeland Mythology: Biblical Narratives in American Culture exposes layers of sediment that have occluded our view of what is American. To all those who love to quote one side of a coin, "In God We Trust," never turning it over to read "In Diversity United," this is essential reading.All cultures survive and perish on their stories, but the unexamined story, as Collins demonstrates, is a perverse lie, a tool for propagandists and tyrants.It is one thing to suspend disbelief when listening to a work of fiction, but if we carry our fairy tales into adulthood, then we risk delusional behavior on a collective level.Worse, we act on beliefs we believe are already ordained by God, with drastic consequences: imperialistic expansion, racism, disregard for human rights, disregard for the environment, war.

Collins traces a direct line from the Christian interpretations of Biblical stories from the beginning of European history and Anglo history in the New World right to the current White House and to a vast array of rhetorical givens in the media and collective consciousness. He shows that not all narratives assume the same idea of time or history. The Hebrew Bible looks to the past, embracing ancient traditions: Isaac "follows" Abraham. The Christian appropriation of The Hebrew Bible, much like the Islamic, imposes a tortured interpretation, declaring the Hebrew Bible to be a foreshadowing of the coming (and coming again) of Jesus Christ, a forward narrative movement.

Pointing out how politicians have scoured the Bible for fear-mongering language is pretty easy, but exposing how they have used Bible stories, already embedded in a collective psyche, to justify horrific acts requires insight and careful documentation, which Collins has achieved. Collins' work is to the study of the Judeo-Christian traditions what Bernard Lewis' works have been to our understanding of Islam. And LikeLewis, Collins is scholarly without ever being pedantic.Bringing together literary analysis, rhetorical theory,and cultural anthropology, Collins adeptly presents us with a book that is both profound and reader friendly.

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8. Voices of the Winds: Native American Legends
by Margot Edmonds, Ella E. Clark
Hardcover: 384 Pages (2009-08-27)
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An illustrated collection of more than a 100 legends of the North American Indian tribes. All the major geographical areas and Indian tribes are covered in this collection, each with a brief introduction followed by a paraphrased retelling of the story. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Voices of the winds
A very nice collection of stories. Lots I hadn't heard before. A pleasure to add to my collection of stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Voices in the Winds, Native American Legends
This book is very good reading. All the stories are short and told in the original style. It is a must read for anyone interested in Native American History and Culture. This should be required reading for Native American Youth.

5-0 out of 5 stars Whispers of the past
Great retelling of old myths and legends. An essential read for those who enjoy western America ideas and life styles. ... Read more

9. Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians, Second Edition (Sources of American Indian Oral Literature)
Paperback: 204 Pages (2008-01-01)
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Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians, originally published in 1908 by the American Museum of Natural History, introduces such figures as Old Man, Scar-Face, Blood-Clot, and the Seven Brothers. Included are tales with ritualistic origins emphasizing the prototypical Beaver-Medicine and the roles played by Elk-Woman and Otter-Woman, as well as a presentation of Star Myths, which reveal the astronomical knowledge of the Blackfoot Indians. Narratives about Raven, Grasshopper, and Whirlwind-Boy account for conditions in humanity and nature. Many of the stories in the concluding group, such as “The Lost Children” and “The Ghost-Woman,” were tales told to Blackfoot children.
These narratives were collected early in the twentieth century from the Piegans in Montana and from the North Piegans, the Bloods, and the Northern Blackfoot in Canada. Most were translated by D. C. Duvall and revised for Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians by Clark Wissler. Darrell Kipp provides an introduction to the new Bison Books edition.
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5-0 out of 5 stars arrived exactly as described.
great seller. would purchase from them again. I read mythology as a hobby, and this book is a great one to add to the collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Needed a book to fill me in on some spiritual aspects of the Blackfoot people for a writing exercise.This did the job. ... Read more

10. Native American Mythology A to Z
by Patricia Ann Lynch
Hardcover: 130 Pages (2004-06)
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11. South and Meso-American Mythology A to Z
by Ann Bingham, Jeremy Roberts
Library Binding: 157 Pages (2010-02)
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12. The Mythology of South America
by John Bierhorst
Paperback: 296 Pages (2002-08-22)
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More than any other continent, South America "has preserved the conditions that allow mythology to be freely produced." Dividing the continent into seven carefully mapped regions, John Bierhorst shows how South America's principal myths can be traced from tribe to tribe and how each region has developed its own unique oral tradition. Generous samples from the stories themselves introduce the female creators of the northern Andes, the male gods of the ancient Incas, and the Brazilian tricksters Sun and Moon. Originally published in 1988, Bierhorst has updated the text to reflect the abundance of new information that has become available since the mid 80s and written a new Afterward in which he emphasizes the durability of Indian mythology. Illustrations of native artwork and chapters devoted to special topics--including the connections between myths and politics--help to provide a well-rounded overview of this fascinating and little-known lore. Detailed maps show tribal locations and the distribution of key stories and samples of differing narrative styles add enrichment, as some of the world's purest and most powerful myths are made more accessible--and more meaningful--than ever before. ... Read more

13. American Samurai: Myth and Imagination in the Conduct of Battle in the First Marine Division 1941-1951
by Craig M. Cameron
Paperback: 316 Pages (2002-07-25)
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Events on the battlefields of the Pacific War were not only outgrowths of technology and tactics, but also products of cultural myth and imagination.American Samurai offers a bold and innovative approach to military history by linking combat activity to cultural images.Marines projected ideas and assumptions about themselves and their enemy onto people and events throughout the war--giving life to formerly abstract myths and ideas and molding their behavior to expectations.This fascinating book concludes by considering what happened to the myths and images and how they have been preserved in American society to the present. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars A coward to the maximum !
This is nothing but pure .B.S. about our "beloved Marine Corps" to whom we need to honor and respect,NOT attempt to destroy!My father in law was a pacific Marine wounded on the canal you never met a nicer man, never ever bragged not once about his war time service.I am a ex Marine, my son is ex. Marine,my four nephews are ex. Marines also and two of my brother in laws are ex.Marines!This kind of writing is just to trash the CORPS nothing else.Just my proud opinion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Too academic for the average reader
I was a student of Prof Cameron at Old Dominion and it amazes me that people advocate book burning just because they disagree with his ideas.He was decried as a racist on campus and these fools denounce him for sitting in an ivory tower.This book is written as an academic work and should be treated as such.It has to be taken dispassionately, I'm a former Marine and not did not see anything revisionist in his work.If you are too afraid to hold a mirror to yourself don't read this book---stick to Clancy-he uses small word and easy sentences.

1-0 out of 5 stars American Samurai : Myth and Imagination in the Conduct of Battle in the First Marine Division 1941-1951
While the author uses complex and delineated occurances in military history, his opinion openly and incorrectly bears his philosophical presuppositions on war and the nature of fighting war.It is evident that the author is a social commentator on the subject and not an actual participant in said events. The fact of the matter is that war by its very nature and existance is a brutal and vile scourge on humanity. I understand this all to well. What belies opinions and books like this is a false belief that superior knoweledge of anti-war will stop them (future wars) from happening.How can this explain the religious fanaticim exemplified in the mideast under the auspicious of an Islamic Jiad. No, there is no war that is clean and antiseptic. You cannot with any intelligence send men or women into combat without preparing them fro the stark realities of it.The better prepared an individual is ensures an improved chance for survival.If I had to go back into a combat situation I would gladly take any Marine over this author or any one else with an hallucination of reality. Seemingly intelligent and opinionated people which espouse the "Athinean, right never has to fight" view (to the Spartan world) should always preface their books and opinions with the caveat that they have never had to do "dirty work" in the real world. Remember, it was men like Chamberlin that cost the world over 60 million dead.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Book... Burn Baby Burn!!!
GOD made the earth, GOD made the sky, GOD made this ignornat fool... only GOD knows why!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth Hurts
Organizations must have identities, however manufactured or inbred, and the Marine Corps is not immune to such an eminently human and natural tendency.I've been a Marine for much of my life, and Cameron is right.Further, anyone with the intellectual courage to contact and speak with him will discover that, alas, he enjoyed his service, he loves the Corps, and is still involved with it as a cultural institution.Anyone who has a problem with Cameron also has a problem with the revered Marine General Smedley Butler, two-time Medal of Honor winner.At the end of his career, he wrote a book entitled "War is a Racket", also available here on Amazon.He makes some equally disturbing revelations about the Marine Corps he served, claiming that he had spent his career as an instrument of American imperialism.Chew on that one, devil dogs.

This book, while occasionally going a bit far out in its analysis, does with frightening accuracy portray both the historical and real Marine Corps.It serves as a much needed counterbalance to Thomas Ricks' "Making the Corps".To my mind, the Marines need more thinking men like him to expose some of the sinister dysfunctions of our virtual religion.Call him the Martin Luther of the Corps. ... Read more

14. American Mythologies
by Marshall Blonsky
 Hardcover: 560 Pages (1992-07-16)
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What's it like to witness the moments that define a culture? Marshall Blonsky spent four years on three continents as a fly on the wall-- albeit one with a doctorate in semiotics--watching the dreammakers of international culture construct the attitudes and lifestyles of the early 90s: Giorgio Armani, in his Milan studio, sketching a faux humble sack suit that will usher in the penitent 90s...Vanna White in gold lame, sitting in her private hair studio wondering if Ted Koppel is mocking her...Costa-Gavras, cradling his son in Paris, revealing a secret about TV commercials... Stephen King describing a ghost he saw while laying his wife's coat on a bed at a party...Peter Greenaway turning deconstruction into chic films for those of us with a case of culture-ache...Yevgeny Yevtushenko cooking lunch in Moscow, telling a hair-raising tale about the former Soviet Union.

Logging the air miles from Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Milan, Moscow, and Beverly Hills, Blonsky tells a mischievous, impudent tale of life and thought at the top of the cultural tower. When Russian TV star Vladimir Pozner calls him an agent (in whose service, he doesn't know) he touches on a device of this book. The author made himself a protean character, a soft-outlined creature now giving advice to "Nightline" producers, now pitching in on a porn shoot, now falling in behind Donald Trump on the dais of a Reagan banquet.He lived four years like an inquiring Rohrschach test, making his subjects show and tell "too much"--and thus give away the store."He tricked me, seduced me," Merv Griffin said after the encounter.But the author is too mercurial to be merely a trickster.He is more a kind of Don Quixote travelling across our landscape of ugliness and deadly play, convening what is, in effect, a global town-meeting.

TV anchors, artists, film directors, designers, photographers, writers, and editors:what they comprise is no less than a hidden order--a cultural power structure as important as the economic one. Whether grave, frivolous, boastful, or drunk, they enable us to grasp the logic of the ethical and cultural systems they are concocting to suit our new age of faxes and cellular phones, laptops and robots.They are creating a United States of Capitalism, an archipelago of privilege in a sea of misery.Who's in this archipelago?Who's out?American Mythologies decodes the unforeseen shifts in world power (including America's much debated "decline") while sketching in the coming shape of the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rorty is Sporty, but Blonsky is the Bombsky
Happy millionaires, floating above money. Tastemakers and models where the substance of sign are widgets produced from the mysteries of Eurocentric sytle. Even anti-stye is currency spoken at the proper moment. Castles in the sky held up by anti-gravity - the collective will of the subordinate and subordinated who dare not look the other way. Whether it is the act of looking away or looking as in appearing the Other way, those in thrall refuse to ignore the central process, their ennobling whitewash without which they become the non-audience, those left outside the theater of the West.

Marshall Blonsky, in American Mythologies, examines the symbolic discourse between the performers and the performed upon as if to examine the state of the ceiling in the house whose walls have already collapsed. Yet it remains a valid work because while we all stand in the cold ruins, the ceiling remains frozen in mid-air suspended like our disbelief, while from its reflections we measure our steps. As intellectual excavator and personal ruminator par excellence, Blonsky will become the McLuhan of the 21st Century.

5-0 out of 5 stars mi primera introduccion a la semiotica
Con este libro, el cual no entendi hasta mucho mas tarde como con algunas grandes obras, tuve mi primer gran encuentro con la semiotica, el estudio de los simbolos, y fue tambien la primera vez que lei a umberto eco. megusto mucho su descripcion de una silla y de sus diferentes significadosdependiendo de muchos factores. este libro trata de analizar la culturanorteamericana, la simbologia, el pop art, usando la semiotica y lo hace deuna manera magistral aunque a veces no es muy clara.

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15. Native American Mythology (Mythology Around the World)
by Fred Ramen
Library Binding: 64 Pages (2007-09-30)
list price: US$29.25
Isbn: 1404207384
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16. Spirits, Heroes & Hunters from North American Indian Mythology (World Mythology Series)
by Marion Wood
Hardcover: 132 Pages (1992-04)
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Asin: 0872269035
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Part of The World Mythology Series, this collection "represents a genuine desire to probe the rich imaginations of the Eskimo, MicMac, Ojibwa, Cherokee, and other major tribes."--Christian Science Monitor. 18 color paintings. 43 line drawings. ... Read more

17. American Indian Mythology (Meridian classics)
by Carol K. Rachlin
 Paperback: 1 Pages (1977-10-01)
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Asin: 0452008247
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Learn the original culture of the Americas
It is certain that the number of cultures that existed in the area now covered by the United States before the substantial influx of Europeans will never be known. From what records remain, it is clear that the locations of the tribes were not static, but migrations of displacement, wars of conquest for brides and slaves; border interactions and peace treaties all led to a mingling of the cultures. After several hundred years of cultural "assimilation", much of their heritage has been lost. However, some has been preserved, and as is the case with much of the old ways in other lands, this heritage is preserved in mythology.
While some of the tales recounted in this book are clearly ancient, several are of recent origin. Tales of the arrival of Smallpox on his horse clearly originated in the last few centuries. In fact, all tales involving the horse are relatively recent, as they were introduced by the invading Spaniards.
In reading the stories, there is one recurring theme, that of the animals being spirits and humans being transformed into animals. At other times, the animals assist humans in their tasks, doing so voluntarily and never filling the role of a slave. From the ferocious warriors of the west to the settled agricultural groups of the east, this is a theme common to their myths.
Another common theme that is significant more by the absence is the lack of human foibles and whim that the Indian "Gods" lack. There is none of the moodiness that is often part of the behavior of the gods in western mythology.
All myths must be read while thinking about the context of the times and what has happened since the origins of the tales. This is more true of the Indian myths than others as there was no written language to record the tales, so most have been stored since their assimilation by the Europeans. Despite all of this, it is possible to learn much about the mindset and lifestyle of the American Indians from these tales, making this a book well worth reading. ... Read more

18. South American Mythology
by Harold Osborne
Hardcover: Pages (1989-10-21)
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Asin: 0517002647
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Book to Have
I am not an expert in a topic that is why I find unreservedly this work of Inca history simply IT.

Nice illustrations add to interesting and educative text presented professionally.

Highly recommended.
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19. Dzelarhons: Mythology of the Northwest Coast
by Anne Cameron
 Paperback: 160 Pages (1986-09-14)
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Asin: 0920080898
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Magic.The world is full of magic.It's everywhere ..."When I was eight or nine - or maybe ten or eleven - I don't remember for sure now, Klopinum would share her stories with me."And thus it begins, the long-awaited successor to Anne Cameron's ground-breaking Daughters of Copper Woman. Magic in many incarnations - mischievous, terrifying, benevolent, erotic-suffuses the pages of this extraordinary collection, from the humourous tales of the trickster Raven through the feminist fable of the bearded woman to the myth of the lazy boy who was reared by whales and saved the world, climaxing with the epic story of the mythical superwoman Dzelarhons - First Mother, Frog Mother, Weeping Woman, guardian and teacher of her people.Praise for Daughters of Copper Woman:"... an enchanting, uplifting revelation."-Ottawa Citizen". . . startling mix of the exotic, the repellent, and the fantastic ... a unique book, a work thick with substance and extraordinary life."-Vancouver Sun"... the underlying vision, though tender, has the thrust and the strength of steel."-Quill & Quire ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Well-written Native American tales
Despite the subtitle, this is not a typical folklorist collection of myths. Cameron modifies these stories and imbues them with her literary style and philosophy of life. She ably merges contemporary themes with the traditional tales of the Pacific coastal Indian of Canada - which is another refreshing aspect of this book, as most published Native American myths and legends focus on Plains and Southwest nations. The result of Cameron's masterful storytelling is a set of alluring, eerie and sometimes humorous stories. Particularly interesting is "The Bearded Woman," something of a feminist fable. Also fascinating is the central story "Dzelarhons," which is an epic spanning many generations and several different yet somehow related women named Dzelarhons. Among other things, this story serves as something of an allegory for history and human relations in general. ... Read more

20. American Myth, American Reality (American Century)
by James O. Robertson
 Paperback: Pages (1981-12)
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Asin: 0809001527
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