Legends

A. Audio Recordings

 

A1. Nez Perce Cultural Camp & Wilson, Elizabeth; Nez Perce Stories. [2008] 2008.

Location: Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture; Joseph, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume, volume 7 of Nimipuutímt. Vol. 1: 1 CD.

Contents: “Track 1: Mountain Goat weeyekin song,” “Track 2: Indian Religion,” “Track 3: River Wind tiiyaapoo,” “Track 4: Coyote Story,” “Track 5: Cannibal story & songs,” “Track 6: Walla Wallapoo,” “Track 7: Medicine Man’s Cure,” “Track 8: Coyote Story,” “Track 9: Coyote Story,” “Track 10: Walla Wallapoo part 1,” “Track 11: Walla Wallapoo part 2”

Description: Stories and songs, religious or otherwise. Stories told in English, songs sung in Nez Perce.

Keywords: Legends, Culture, Religion, Language, Oral Traditions, Audio Recordings

 

B. Transcriptions

 

B5. “Coyote and Fox Dress Up.” In American Indian Trickster Tales, edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz, 63-65. New York: Penguin Books, 1999.

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B6. “Coyote and the Shadow People.” In The World Begins Here: An Anthology of Oregon Short Fiction edited by Glen A. Love, 3-7. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 1993.

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B9. Isaac, Mrs. Dave and Skells, Dell. “The Stick Indians.” In The Stories We Tell: An Anthology of Oregon Folk Literature edited by Suzi Jones and Jarold Ramsey, 225-26. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 1994. Originally published in Dell Skeels, editor, Style in the Unwritten Literature of the Nez Perce Indians, p. 272 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1949).

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B10. Isaac, Mrs. Dave and Skells, Dell. “Valley Rabbit and Mountain Rabbit.” In The Stories We Tell: An Anthology of Oregon Folk Literature edited by Suzi Jones and Jarold Ramsey, 23. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 1994. Originally published in Dell Skeels, editor, Style in the Unwritten Literature of the Nez Perce Indians, vol. 1 pp. 268-69 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1949).

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B12. Karson, Jennifer, ed.; wiyáxayxt: as days go by: wiyáakaa’awn: Our History, Our Land, and Our People: The Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla

wiyáxayxt * as days go by * wiyáakaa’awn / Out History, Our Land, and Our People / The Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla / Edited by Jennifer Karson / Published by Tamástsliky Cultural Institute, Pendleton / & Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland / in association with the University of Washington Press, Seattle and London

Location: Joseph Public Library; Joseph, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: i. half title; ii. ‘Cayuse Sisters;’ iii. full title; iv. copyright; v-vi. ‘Contributors;’ vii. ‘Contents;’ viii. blank; ix-x. ‘Foreword: A Conversation with Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.;’ xi-xii. ‘Preface;’ xiii. ‘Acknowledgements;’ xiv. blank; xv-xix. ‘As Days Go By: An Introduction;’ unpaginated blank; 1. quote by Donald Grinde, Jr.; 2. portrait; 3-242. text; 243. blank; 244. portrait; 245-52. ‘Epilogue: Asserting Sovereignty into the Future;’ 253-63. ‘Index;’ unpaginated blank; unpaginated page. ‘Photographs and Credites;’ 3 unpaginated blanks

Text Contents: “Tamánwit,” “Oral Traditions of the Natítaytma,” “Early Contact and Incursion, 1700-1850,” “Wars, Treaties, and the Beginning of Reservation Life,” “Through Change and Transition: Treaty Commitments Made and Broken,” “The Beginning of Modern Tribal Governance and Enacting Sovereignty,” “Self-Determination and Recovery,” “Other Important Events in Contemporary Tribal History”

Description: History of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribes based on oral histories by tribe members themselves.

Note: Though this book is not specifically a work about the Nez Perce, it has been included for two reasons: the Cayuse’s close relationship to the Nez Perce in many regards and the fact that many contributors for the book profess Nez Perce heritage.

Keywords: 19th Century History, Culture, Geography, Politics, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions, Language, Legends

 

B13. Kroeber, Karl. “An Introduction to the Art of Traditional American Indian Storytelling.” In Traditional Literatures of the American Indian: Texts and Interpretations, edited by Karl Kroeber, Jarold Ramsey, Dell H. Hymes, Dennis Tedlock, Barre Toelken and Tacheeni Scott, and Linda Ainsworth, 1-24. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Presss, 1997.

Note: Includes the Nez Perce oral tale ‘píplaats’ or ‘Red Willow’ and interpretation.

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Culture, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B14. Landeen, Dan and Pinkham, Allen; Salmon And His People: Fish & Fishing in Nez Perce Culture [1999] 1999

Salmon / And His People / Fish & Fishing / In Nez Perce / Culture / Dan Landeen / Allen Pinkham / Confluence Press / Lewiston, Idaho

Location: Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture; Joseph, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: i. half title; ii. blank; iii. full title; iv. copyright; v. dedication; vi. blank; vii. ‘Table of Contents;’ viii. blank; ix-xii. ‘Preface;’ xiii-xvii. ‘Chronology;’ xviii. picture; 1-206. text; 207-17. ‘Key to the Families and Species of Fishes in the Columbia River Basin;’ 218. blank; 219-26. ‘References;’ 227-34. ‘Glossary;’ 235-39. ‘Treaty with the Nez Perces, 1855;’ 240. blank; 241-49. ‘Index;’ unpaginated blank.

Text Contents: “Part One”: “Columbia River Basin: Geology, History, and Ecology,” “The Hanford Site,” “A Brief History of the Nez Perce,” “Celilo Falls,” “Nez Perce Fishing,” “Treaty Rights and the Tradition of Tribal Management.” “Part Two”: “Fish Biology, Research, Species, and State Records,” “Accounts of Families and Fish Species.”

Description: Describes the relationship between fish, fishing, and the Nez Perce. Mostly factual, historical, and scientific. Interspersed with oral traditions recorded by various members of the Nez Perce and other tribes. Stories include: “A Meeting Between Creator and the Animals,” “Why the Columbia River Sparkles,” and “Beaver and the Grande Ronde River,” among others.

Keywords: Culture, Legends, Religion, Geography, Politics, 19th Century History, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B15. Landeen, Dan and Crow, Jeremy (compilers and editors); I Am of This Land: Wetes pe m’e wes [1997] 1997, second printing

A Nez Perce Nature Guide / I Am of This Land / Wetes pe m’e wes / Compiled & Edited / by / Dan Landeen and Jeremy Crow

Location: Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture; Joseph, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: 1. full title; 2. copyright; 3. picture; 4. dedication; 5. ‘Table of Contents;’ 6. ‘Foreword;’ 7. ‘Introduction;’ 8-87. text; 88-91. ‘Appendix I: Treaty with the Nez Percés, 1855;’ 92-93. ‘Bibliography;’ 94. ‘Acknowledgments;’ 95. ‘Handford Wildlife Checklist’

Text Contents: “Section One: Culture of the Nez Perce”: “Values,” “Stories,” “Nez Perce Use of Plant & Animal Resources,” “Hunting,” “Fishing,” “Section Two: Historical Resource Use on the Columbia Plateau”: “Nez Perce History,” “Hanford Site,” “Section Three: Hanford Wildlife”: “Birds,” “Mammals,” “Reptiles & Amphibians,” “Dangerous Creatures”

Description: Description of the wildlife of the Hanford area. Mostly factual, historical, and scientific. Interspersed with oral traditions. Stories include: “The Wren,” “Coyote and the Grouse,” and “Cottontail Boy and Rattlesnake,” among others.

Keywords: Culture, 19th Century History, Geography, Legends, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B17. Minthorne, Gilbert and Swasden, Morris. “How Fish-Hawk Raided the Sioux.” In The Stories We Tell: An Anthology of Oregon Folk Literature edited by Suzi Jones and Jarold Ramsey, 61-63. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 1994. Originally published in Jarold Ramsey, editor, Coyote Was Going There, pp. 24-25 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1977).

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B18. Phinney, Archie, trans. “Bluejay and the Well-Behaved Maiden.” In Nineteenth-Century American Women Wirters: An Anthology edited by Karen L. Kilcup, 5-6. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers, 1997. Originally published in 1929-30.

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B19. Phinney, Archie, trans. “Coyote and Monster.” In Northwest Passages: A Literary Anthology of the Pacific Northwest from Coyote Tale to Roadside Attractions edited by Bruce Barcott, 7-10. Seattle, Washington: Sasquatch Books, 1994. Originally published in Archie Phinney, trans., Nez Perce Texts. (New York: Columbia University Press: 1934)

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B20. Ramsey, Jarold. “From ‘Mythic’ to ‘Fictive’ in a Nez Percé Orpheus Myth.” In Traditional Literatures of the American Indian: Texts and Interpretations, edited by Karl Kroeber, Jarold Ramsey, Dell H. Hymes, Dennis Tedlock, Barre Toelken and Tacheeni Scott, and Linda Ainsworth, 25-42. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Presss, 1997.

Note: Includes the Nez Perce oral tale “Coyote and the Shadow” people and interpretation.

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Culture, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B21. Spinden, Herbert. “Laptissa’n and the Seven-Headed Monster.” In The Stories We Tell: An Anthology of Oregon Folk Literature edited by Suzi Jones and Jarold Ramsey, 198-201. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 1994. Originally published in Herbert Spinden. “Myths of the Nez Perce Indians,” in Journal of American Folklore number 21 pp. 200-01 (Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1908)

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B22. “The Seven Devils Mountains.” In American Indian Trickster Tales, edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz, 23-24. New York: Penguin Books, 1999.

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Geography, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B23. Walker, Jr., Deward E.; Blood of the Monster: The Nez Perce Coyote Cycle [1994, 1996, 1998] 1994

Blood of / the Monster / The Nez Perce Coyote Cycle / Deward E. Walker, Jr. / in collaboration with Daniel N. Matthews / Illustrations by Marc Seahmer / High Plains Publishing Company

Location: Nez Perce National Historical Park Archives; Spalding, Idaho

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: 2 unpaginated blanks; i. half title; ii. illustration; iii. full title; iv. copyright; v. dedication; vi. blank; vii-ix. ‘Contents;’ x. blank; xi. ‘Acknowledgements,’ xii. blank; 1-4. ‘Introduction;’ 5. ‘Table 1: Principal Characters in the Nez Perce Coyote Cycle;’ 6. ‘The Nez Perce Homeland and Their Neighbors’ map; 7-229. text; 230. blank; 231-36. ‘Bibliography;’ 237-44. ‘Index;’ 2 unpaginated blanks

Text Contents: “Part One Coyote Myths”: “Coyote and Monsters”: “1. Coyote and Monter,” “2. Killer Mosquito,” “3. Coyote Defeats the Sun,” “4. Coyote and Flint,” “5. Coyote and Hummingbird,” “6. Killer Butterfly,” “7. Mussel-Shell Killers,” “8. Killer Baby,” “9. Frog and Coyote,” “10. Frog and Blulejar,” “11. Cannibal,” “12. Blindworm Killer” “Coyote the Transformer”: “13. Coyote Breaks the Fish Dam at Celilo,” “14. Coyote and White-tailed Buck,” “15. How Coyote Made Different People,” “16. Coyote Shoots Cow Elk,” “17. How the Salmon Found Out That They Shouldn’t Go Up Potlatch Creek,” “18. Worm Penis,” “19. Cold and Warm Brothers Wrestle,” “20. How the Animals Got Their Names,” “21. How Coyote Brought the Buffalo,” “22. How Coyote Lost His Eyes,” “23. The Sun and the Moon,” “24. Coyote and Winter Have a War,” “25. Coyote and Bull,” “26. Coyote Visits Elk and Fish Hawk,” “27. How Porcupine Went to the Plains,” “28. Coyote’s Trip to the East” “Coyote and Fox”: “29. Coyote and Fox,” “30. Coyote and Fox Pretend to Be Women,” “31. Fox and Coyote as Shamans,” “32. Coyote and Fox Run Races” “Coyote and Grizzly Bear”: “33. The Five Grizzly  Bear Sisters and the Five Woodpecker Brothers,” “34. How the Grizzly Bear Sisters Were Fooled,” “35. Don’t Crack the Bones,” “36. How Coyote Killed the Grizzly Bears,” “37. Coyote Kills Grizzly Bear’s Sons” “Coyote and Women and Children”: “38. Coyote and the Shadow People,” “39. Bat and Coyote,” “40. Cut-Out-of Belly Boy,” “41. Weasel Wrestles for a Wife,” “42. Coyote Marries His Daughter,” “43. Coyote and His Daughter,” “44. Elbow Baby,” “45. Cixcixícim Boy,” “46. Warmweather and Coldweather,” “47. Bobcat and Pinesquirrel’s Daughter,” “48. The Disobedient Boy,” “49. Frog and Crawfish Dance,” “50. Coyote Visits White Mountain,” “51. Sea Monster,” “52. How Coyote’s Penis Became a Dam” “Part Two A Descriptive Interpretation of Coyote’s Character”: “Introduction,” “Coyote and Monsters,” “Coyote and Advisors,” “Coyote’s Interactions with Groups,” “Coyote and Children,” “Coyote’s Relationships with Adult Female Characters,” “Coyote’s Relationships with Adult Male Characters,” “Conclusion”

Description: Collection of Nez Perce folklore surrounding Coyote and analysis.

Reviews: Dye, Kevin, and Deward Walker. Oregon Historical Quarterly 97, no. 4 (1996): 485-87. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20614777.

Note: Published in 1998 under the title Nez Perce Coyote Tales: The Myth Cycle.

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Culture, Gender, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B24. Wayi’latpu and Phinney, Archie, trans. “Coyote and the Swallowing Monster.” In The Stories We Tell: An Anthology of Oregon Folk Literature edited by Suzi Jones and Jarold Ramsey, 198-201. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 1994. Originally published in Archie Phinney, trans., Nez Perce Texts, pp. 26-29 (New York: Columbia University Press: 1934)

Keywords: Legends, Religion, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

C. Novels

 

C21. Jager, Paty; Spirit of the Lake [2011, 2014] 2011

Spirit / of the Lake / by / Paty Jager

Location: Wallowa Public Library; Wallowa, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume, volume 2 in the Nez Perce Spirit Trilogy. Vol. 1: (unpaginated) i. excerpt from Spirit of the Lake; ii ‘Praise for Spirit of the Mountain;” iii. full title; iv. copyright; v. dedication; vi. ‘Disclaimer;’ 1-269. text; unpaginated blank; unpaginated page. ‘Paty’s list of Wild Rose Press books;’ unpaginated blank; unpaginated page. information about publisher; three unpaginated blanks

Text Contents: “Ná-qc (1),” “Lepit (2),” “Mita (3),” “Pí-lep (4),” “Pá-xat (5),” “‘Oylá-qc (6),” “‘Uyné-pt (7),” “‘Oymátat (8),” “Kúyc (9),” “Pú-tim (10),” “Pú-timt wax ná-qt (11),” “Pú-timt wax lepít (12),” “Pú-timt wax mita-t (13),” “Pú-timt wax pí-lept (14),” “Pú-timt wax pá-xat (15),” “Pú-timt wax ‘oylá-qc (16),” “Pú-timt wax ‘uyné-pt (17),” “Pú-timt wax ‘oymátat (18),” “Pú-timt wax kúyc (19),” “Le’éptit (20),” “Le’éptit wax ná-qt (21),” “Le’éptit wax lepít (22),” “Le’éptit wax mita’t (23),” “Le’éptit wax pí-lept (24),” Le’éptit wax pá-xat (25),” “Le’éptit wax ‘oylá-qc (26),” “Le’éptit wax ‘uyné-pt (27),” “Le’éptit wax ‘oymátat (28),” “Le’éptit wax kúyc (29),” “Mita àptit (30),” “Mita àptit ná-qc (31)”

Description: Fiction story of a Nez Perce woman, Dove, who is raped and impregnated by a white man. She plans to end her own life but is saved by Wewukiye, the lake spirit, who cares for her until she gives birth. A romance blossoms as the two plan to restore Dove’s place amongst her tribe.

Keywords: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Legends, Novels, Literature

 

C22. Jager, Paty; Spirit of the Mountain [2009, 2014] 2009

Spirit / of the / Mountain / by / Paty Jager

Location: Wallowa Public Library; Wallowa, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume, volume 1 in the Nez Perce Spirit Trilogy. Vol. 1: (unpaginated) i. excerpt from Spirit of the Mountain; ii. blank; iii. full title; iv. copyright; v. dedication; vi. ‘Disclaimer;’ 1-290. text; 291-92. ‘Epilogue;’ 293. ‘A word about the author…;’ unpaginated blank; unpaginated page. information about publisher; 5 unpaginated blanks

Text Contents: “Ná-qc,” “Lepit,” “Mita,” “Pí-lep,” “Pá-xat,” “‘Oylá-qc,” “‘Uyné-pt,” “‘Oymátat,” “Kúyc,” “Pú-tim,” “Pú-timt wax ná-qt,” “Pú-timt wax lepít,” “Pú-timt wax mita-t,” “Pú-timt wax pí-lept,” “Pú-timt wax pá-xat,” “Pú-timt wax ‘oylá-qc,” “Pú-timt wax ‘uyné-pt,” “Pú-timt wax ‘oymátat,” “Pú-timt wax kúyc,” “Le’éptit,” “Le’éptit wax ná-qt,” “Le’éptit wax lepít,” “Le’éptit wax mita’t,” “Le’éptit wax pí-lept”

Description: Fiction story of Himiin, the spirit of the mountain, and Wren, member of the Nez Perce tribe in 1770. The two begin a romance, and Himiin soon must save Wren from an evil spirit.

Keywords: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Legends, Novels, Literature

 

C23. Jager, Paty; Spirit of the Sky [2012, 2014] 2012

Spirit / of / the Sky / by / Paty Jager

Location: Wallowa Public Library; Wallowa, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume, volume 3 in the Nez Perce Spirit Trilogy. Vol. 1: (unpaginated) i. excerpt from Spirit of the Sky; ii. ‘Praise for Paty Jager;’ iii. copyright; iv. dedication; unpaginated blank; 1-311. text; 312-13. ‘Epilogue;’ unpaginated blank; unpaginated page. ‘A word about the author…;’ unpaginated blank; unpaginated page. information about publisher; unpaginated blank

Text Contents: “Ná-qc (1),” “Lepit (2),” “Mita (3),” “Pí-lep (4),” “Pá-xat (5),” “‘Oylá-qc (6),” “‘Uyné-pt (7),” “‘Oymátat (8),” “Kúyc (9),” “Pú-tim (10),” “Pú-timt wax ná-qt (11),” “Pú-timt wax lepít (12),” “Pú-timt wax mita-t (13),” “Pú-timt wax pí-lept (14),” “Pú-timt wax pá-xat (15),” “Pú-timt wax ‘oylá-qc (16),” “Pú-timt wax ‘uyné-pt (17),” “Pú-timt wax ‘oymátat (18),” “Pú-timt wax kúyc (19),” “Le’éptit (20),” “Le’éptit wax ná-qt (21),” “Le’éptit wax lepít (22),” “Le’éptit wax mita’t (23),” “Le’éptit wax pí-lept (24),” Le’éptit wax pá-xat (25),” “Le’éptit wax ‘oylá-qc (26),” “Le’éptit wax ‘uyné-pt (27),” “Le’éptit wax ‘oymátat (28),” “Le’éptit wax kúyc (29),” “Mita àptit (30),” “Mita àptit ná-qc (31),” “Mita àptit wax lepít (32),” “Mita àptit wax mita-t (33),” “Mita àptit wax pí-lept (34)”

Description: Fiction story of Sa-qan, the eagle spirit trying to save her Nez Perce niece as the Nez Perce are forced out of the Wallowa Valley by the United States Army. Sa-qan assumes a human form and meets Lt. Wade Watts, who also wishes to end the war. The two form an alliance and a romance blossoms.

Keywords: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Legends, Novels, Literature

 

C30. Lesley, Craig; River Song: A Novel [1989, 1990, 1999] 1990

River / Song / Craig Lesley / Delta / Trade Paperbacks

Location: Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture; Joseph, Oregon; Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Library; Pendleton, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: (unpaginated) i-ii. reviews; iii. ‘Also by Craig Lesley;” iv. blank; v. full title; vi. copyright; vii. dedication; viii. blank; ix. author’s thanks to National Endowment of the Arts; x. blank; xi. half title; xii. blank; 1-305. text; 306-07. ‘Acknowledgements;’ unpaginated blank

Text Contents: “1 Warm Springs,” “2 Hood River,” “3 Spear Fish,” “4 Medicine Woman,” “5 Pendleton,” “6 Big Hole Battlefield,” “7 The Healing,” “8 Wind River,” “9 Fishing,” “10 Fishing Troubles,” “11 Pudge,” “12 Dug Bar,” “13 Left Hand,” “14 Attack,” “15 Washat”

Description: Sequel to Winterkill by the same author, about a Nez Perce man, Danny Kachiah, and his son Jack, who becomes an unexperienced fire fighter to fight a wildfire. Danny follows Jack into the flames, where he hears a whistling man, a ghost, and he takes it as a sign to make his Nez Perce heritage a part of the lives of him and his son.

Reviews: “Riversong.” Review of River Song, by Craig Lesley. Publishers Weekly, January 1, 1990. https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-440-50311-8

Johnson, George. “River Song.” Review of River Song, by Craig Lesley. The New York Times, May 20, 1990, New & Noteworthy. http://www.nytimes.com/1990/05/20/books/new-noteworthy.html

Keywords: Fiction, Culture, Religion, Legends, Novels, Literature

 

C37. Penn, W.S.; Killing Time with Strangers [2000] 2000

Killing Time with Strangers / W. S. Penn / The University of Arizona Press / Tucson

Location: University of Idaho Library, University of Idaho; Moscow, Idaho

Collation: 1 volume, volume 45 of Sun Trakcs: AN American Indian Literary Series. Vol. 1: (unpaginated) i. half title; ii. information about Sun Tracks series; iii. full title; iv. copyright; v. dedication; vi. blank; vii. half title; viii. blank; 1-278. text; 279-82. ‘Epilogue;’ 283. ‘About the Author;’ 7 unpaginated blanks

Text Contents: 19 untitled chapters

Description: Fiction story of part-Nez Perce boy named Palimony Blue growing up in a small town in California. His mother, who believes he needs help with his dreaming, dreams the weyekin, the spirit guide, to help him on the right path. Pal’s father ends up in jail, Pal hopes for romance, and the weyekin is not totally competent and appears in unexpected places, times, and ways.

Reviews: “Killing Time with Strangers.” Review of Killing Time with Strangers, by W. S. Penn. Publishers Weekly, July 3, 2000. https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8165-2052-7

Keywords: Fiction, Culture, Religion, Romance, Legends, Novels, Literature

 

C40. Schlesier, Karl H.; Aurora Crossing: A Novel of the Nez Perces [2008] 2008

Karl H. Schlesier / Aurora Crossing / Texas Tech / University Press

Location: Wallowa Public Library; Wallowa, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume. Vol 1: 2 unpaginated blanks; i. half title; ii. photograph; iii. full title; iv. copyrights; v. quotes from Saint-Jogn Perse and Sharon Nell and Margaret Haggstrom, translators; vi. blank; vii-ix. ‘Author’s Note;’ x. blank; xi-xii. ‘Cast of Persons;’ 1. half title; 2. blank; 3-370. text; 371-73. ‘Epilogue;’ 374. blank; 375-77. ‘Sources for Further Reading;’ 378. blank; 379. ‘Acknowledgements;’ 3 unpaginated blanks

Text Contents: 26 untitled chapters

Description: Fiction story of a young Nez Perce man named John Seton in the 1870’s, living in north Central Idaho, then on a reservation, and then on the Salmon River with the Lamtama band.  After his mother’s death, he is drawn into the Nez Perce War. He encounters a message from Old Man Coyote and struggles to find his place in a clash of cultures.

Reviews: “Aurora Crossing.” Review of Aurora Crossing: A Novel of the Nez Perces, by Karl H. Schlesier. Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2008. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/karl-h-schlesier/aurora-crossing/

“Aurora Crossing.” Review of Aurora Crossing: A Novel of the Nez Perces, by Karl H. Schlesier. Historical Novel Reviews, November 2008. https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/aurora-crossing/

Keywords: Fiction, 19th Century History, Historical Fiction, Nez Perce War, Religion, Legends, Culture, Novels, Literature

 

D. Plays

 

D2. Kauffman, John. “According to Coyote.” In Theatre for Young Audiences: 20 Great Plays for Children, 170-82. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

Note: Includes biographical information on the author, an introduction to the themes, and playwright/director’s notes. Originally copyrighted in 1990 by John Kauffman.

Keywords: Plays, Legends, Religion, Literature

 

F. Short Stories

 

F4. Hernández-Avila, Inés. “Coyote Warnings.” Studies in American Indian Literatures, Series 2, 19, no. 4 (2007): 101-02. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20737391.

Keywords: Fiction, Legends, Religion, Short Stories, Literature, Oral Traditions

 

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