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Tales of the Earth: Native North American Creation Mythology

Tales of the Earth: Native North American Creation Mythology

Author David Leeming
Publisher Reaktion Books
Publication Date 2021-11-15
Section New Hardcover - Nonfiction / Myths / Tales / Legends
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781789144994

A revealing analysis of key themes in Native American origin myths—and their stark contrast with the exceptionalist values of the United States.

Tales of the Earth is a comprehensive yet concise overview of Native American mythologies. After outlining theories of the origins of Native North Americans, David Leeming considers the creation myths of many tribes, emphasizing four commonly occurring figures: the Great Spirit, the trickster, the goddess, and the hero. Leeming suggests that in addition to these figures, Native American mythologies have in common a deep reverence for the earth and for community responsibility as opposed to individualism—tenets that stand in stark contrast to the concepts of exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny that characterize the United States, a nation that was built on ancient tribal land.

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