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Anguish Of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West

by Barre Toelken

Utah State University Press, 2003


eISBN: 978-0-87421-475-8

Paper: 978-0-87421-556-4

Cloth: 978-0-87421-555-7

About the Book
After a career working and living with American Indians and studying their traditions, Barre Toelken has written this sweeping study of Native American folklore in the West. Within a framework of performance theory, cultural worldview, and collaborative research, he examines Native American visual arts, dance, oral tradition (story and song), humor, and patterns of thinking and discovery to demonstrate what can be gleaned from Indian traditions by Natives and non-Natives alike. In the process he considers popular distortions of Indian beliefs, demystifies many traditions by showing how they can be comprehended within their cultural contexts, considers why some aspects of Native American life are not meant to be understood by or shared with outsiders, and emphasizes how much can be learned through sensitivity to and awareness of cultural values.

Winner of the 2004 Chicago Folklore Prize, The Anguish of Snails is an essential work for the collection of any serious reader in folklore or Native American studies.
A valuable, nearly indispensable, contribution of very significant use to students and teachers of anthropology, folklore, and Native American studies, and to all who have an interest in this fascinating subject. Strong, original, immensely interesting, well written, and perfectly readable.

N. Scott Momaday

Anguish, Native American Folklore, Performance, West (U.S.), Folklore, Folklore & Mythology, West, Native American Studies, Indians of North America, Social Science
Open Access Information

Label: This book is freely available in digital formats through the Utah State University Library Digital Commons.

License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0