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LIGHTNING INSIDE YOU by John Bierhorst

LIGHTNING INSIDE YOU

and Other Native American Riddles

By John Bierhorst (Editor) , Louise Brierley (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 & up

Pub Date: May 19th, 1992
ISBN: 0-688-09582-8
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

 Incredible as it is, Native American riddles have never before been gathered together in a book; there's even been some scholarly doubt that native riddling traditions exist on this side of the Atlantic. Bierhorst puts such questions to rest with a harvest from dozens of North, South, and Central American peoples, sandwiched between an analytical introduction and a list of published sources (mostly journal articles). Like other translated riddles, many here seem alien or fragmentary (``You grab it, I grab it'': ``air''--Maya), though in several the humor is close to home (``Why does a dog have a curl in its tail?'' ``So fleas can loop the loop''--Cherokee). Answers at the bottom of each page allow for guessing; Brierley's small, stylized b&w illustrations add occasional clues. Unique. (Folklore. 8+)