Ceremonial Songs of the Creek and Yuchi Indians Volume 1

Ceremonial Songs of the Creek and Yuchi Indians Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...take good care of their own and their neighbors' private affairs. The telling of myths and tales is a favorite idle hour pastime in the camps. There do not seem to be any restrictions as to place or time of year, for I have heard them narrating myths both in summer and winter, day and night. Good narrators of stories are generally respected and looked up to by the people. They have a few peculiar mannerisms, making frequent use of pantomimic and descriptive gestures. Mention of the sun is invariably accompanied by pointing upward with the index finger. At the beginning of narratives, stereotyped phrases are commonly used, such as, "In the olden (mythical) times "The old people tell it....," "It is said that...." and others similar. Often the tale starts in abruptly with the mention of the two chief characters, while the first few sentences point out what is to follow, like a preface. The narrative is liberally punctuated with the phrase "so they said " which takes the place of the quotative and also serves as a rhetorical pause period. The narrator always closes his account with "This is the end," "Now (then)," "Here it ends," "This is enough" or similar concluding phrases. Some short statement entirely irrelevant to the tale itself, but spoken in the same tone and without much of a break, may be appended, such as, "My name is Joseph," "I am your friend," "I am only a young man in wisdom, but I have told what I heard," "Give me some tobacco," "It is late," "The day is a bad one." The Yuchi audience is a quiet one, usually waiting until the end of a story before expressing comment. They often interrupt, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236808487
  • 9781236808486