Myths and Legends of the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes
Page: 3As in all the other volumes of this series, no effort has been made to ornament or amplify these legends in the effort to make them “literary,” or give them “literary charm.” They must speak for themselves. What editing has been done has been in simplifying them, and freeing them from the verbose setting in which many were found. For in this section of the country, settled before it was realized that there was an Indian literature, the original work of noting down the myths was very imperfectly done.
Thanks are due to the work of Albert E. Jenks, on the wild rice Indians of the upper lakes; to James Mooney, for the myths of the Cherokees; to George Catlin, for some of the upper Mississippi legends; to the well-known but almost inaccessible work of Schoolcraft, and to others.
K. B. J.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|Creation of the Races||Biloxi||12|
|Story of the Creation||Ojibwa||14|
|Creation (a fragment)||Ojibwa||16|
|Creation of the Mandans||Mandan||17|
|The Great Flood (a fragment)||Mandan||20|
|The Great Flood||Menomini||21|
|Origin of Fire||Menomini||26|
|The Thunderers and the Origin of Fire||Menomini||28|
|The Origin of Fire||Chitimacha||31|
|The Gifts of the Sky God||Chitimacha||32|
|The Corn Woman||