AMERICAN INDIAN FAIRY TALES by Margaret Compton

AMERICAN INDIAN FAIRY TALES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The insubstantial introduction and rugged drawings apart, this is as it first appeared in 1895 -- with the Author's Note referring vaguely to government reports and the folklore collections of School-craft, Copway and Catlin as the sources; a purported ""storyteller of the Indians"" whose tales of 'fairies, giants, dwarfs, witches and magicians' are ""written down for the little Palefaces""; and only sporadic internal identification of the stories with particular tribes. Today, of course, we eschew the coverall 'Indian' and distinguish among cultures; moreover we are careful to separate Indian folklore and legends from the fanciful literary tradition of fairy tales. Thus, although many of these stories have considerable plot-interest (less inheres in the telling), they represent nothing so much as the first great wave of dissemination; with the second upon us, much more sophisticated work is being done both in repackaging pioneers like Schoolcraft and in assembling and presenting the tales of various peoples.

Pub Date: Feb. 2nd, 1971
ISBN: 0554395312
Publisher: Dodd, Mead