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- DescriptionThe Western Shoshone people live throughout eastern Nevada and western Utah (Goshute). When Anne Smith visited the region in 1939 there was only one formally designated reservation. Smith and her companion Alden Hayes traveled countless mile of remote road collecting stories, documenting Western Shoshonean tradition, and seeking to determine the outlines of Great Basin culture. The tales in this volume are set primarily in the Time when Animals Were People, the legendary past when animals had the power of speech and established human customs though their adventures (and misadventures). Trickster tales figure prominently, with obscenity and blunt delivery common humorous devices. These tale were prized for their educational as well as entertainment value, and storytelling ability was highly respected. Thus, Smith was careful to credit individual storytellers of their versions of favorite Basin tales, avoiding the dryness of generic anthologies.
- Author BiographyAnne M. Smith (1900 1981) was the first woman to receive a doctorate degree from Yale. Author of Ethnography of the Northern Utes (1974), her posthumously edited volume Ute Tales was published in 1992.
- PublisherUniversity of Utah Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication15/04/1993
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationSalt Lake City
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Utah Press,U.S.
- Weight290 g
- Width137 mm
- Height217 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byAnne Smith
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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