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Title: How the World Began

Source(s): When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away

Author(s): Ramon A. Gutíerrez (Author)

A noted scholar tells the story of how the world began according to the people of Acoma.

In the beginning two females were born underneath the earth at a place called Shipapu. In total darkness Tsichtinako (Thought Woman) nursed the sisters, taught them language and gave them each a basket that their father Uchtsiti had sent them contain...

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Title: Traditional Apache Life

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight

An overview of some important events and themes in the lives of Apaches.

The Athapaskan peoples migrated south from Alaska and Canada and eventually split into seven distinct groups. By 1500, they occupied a vast expanse of territory in the American Southwest. The extreme environments they inhabited—mountains, deserts, ...

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Title: Coyote Gets Rich Off the White Men

Source(s): American Indian Myths and Legends

Author(s): Traditional; Richard Erdoes (Editor); Alfonso Ortiz (Editor)

Coyote plays a trick on some white men.

Once when Coyote was visiting various camps, he and Bobcat heard about a white man who was making some whisky. They went together to the man’s house and managed to steal some, and after they had run a short distance with it, they stopped to drink. ...

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Title: Navajo

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight

Navajo history: early migration from Alaska and Canada to encounters with the Spanish and war with the United States; concludes with an account of contemporary Navajo life.

Traditional Navajo, or Diné, stories tell that First Man, First Woman, the Holy People, and all the animals had to pass through three different worlds before emerging into the Fourth or Glittering World. Here, the People saw four rivers bounded by f...

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Title: La Llorona [The Wailing Woman]

Source(s): Abuelitos: Stories of the Rio Puerco Valley

Author(s): Damiano Romero (Author); Nasario García (Editor)

Damiano Romero of the Río Puerco Valley tells his version of the traditional legend of La Llorona (the Wailing Woman).

Well I don’t believe there was such a thing as the Wailing Woman, but many people claimed that it was the Wailing Woman. I used to spend a lot of time in the countryside, and one night there was a cry. It seemed like the cry of a lion; it resembled...

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Title: La Hormiguita (The Little Ant)

Source(s): The Day It Snowed Tortillas: Tales from Spanish New Mexico

Author(s): Traditional (Author); Joe Hayes (Author)

Storyteller Joe Hayes rewrites a traditional Hispanic folk tale.

All through the long, cold winter La Hormiguita, the little ant, had to stay inside her underground home because the ground was all covered with snow. But now the snow was melted, so she went to the door with her mother to see if spring had come....

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Title: Whitewater Gila

Source(s): Gila Descending: A Southwestern Journey

Author(s): M. H. Salmon (Author)

The author canoes down the Gila River of New Mexico and Arizona with his dog and his cat.

I hadn’t been close to a canoe or held a paddle in my hands for many years. The first thing I did was misjudge the current and was nearly swept into the pilings under the East Fork Bridge. Recovering in time (“steady all”) I waved my paddle at ...

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Title: Desert Wife

Author(s): Hilda Faunce (Author)

An Anglo woman writes about her life on a trading post on the Navajo reservation before WW I.

I was glad enough for an excuse to go into a hogan and especially the Old Lady’s. I started right after breakfast. Ken said any hour at all was visiting hour for Indians, so it could be for me too. I had studied the outside of the Navajo homes from...

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Title: The Apache Diaries: A Father-Son Journey (excerpts)

Author(s): Grenville Goodwin (Author); Neil Goodwin (Author)

Neil Goodwin retraces the steps of his father, anthropologist Grenville Goodwin, who tried to find Chiricahua Apache groups living in the Sierra Madre of Mexico.

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