The bungling host : the nature of indigenous oral literature

Title
The bungling host : the nature of indigenous oral literature / Daniel Clément ; translated by Peter Frost.
Author
Clément, Daniel, 1951-
Publication
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2018.

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Description
xxiv, 543 pages : illustrations, maps; 24 cm
Uniform Title
Hôte maladroit. English
Alternative Title
Hôte maladroit.
Genre/Form
Folklore.
Note
  • Translated from the French.
  • Machine generated contents note: Contents List of Illustrations Introduction 1. Caribou Takes In His Wife's Dress (Subarctic) 2. Snake Makes a Meal in the Embers (Southwest) 3. The Fire Trap (Grand Basin) 4. While Bird Sings, Bear Cooks (Northwest Coast) 5. Seal Roasts His Hands (Northwest Coast) 6. Silver Fox Digs Up Yellow Jacket Larvae with His Penis (California) 7. Wildcat Beats a Blanket (California) 8. Deer Kills Her Children and Puts Their Bones Into the Water (Southwest) 9. Wolf Transforms Two Arrowheads into Mincemeat Puddings (Southwest) 10. Badger Pushes a Stick Down His Throat and Gets Yucca-Juice (Southwest) 11. Bison Skewers His Nose (Plains) 12. White-Tailed Deer Shoots at a Red Clay Bank (Plains) 13. Man Kills Bison with His Sharpened Leg (Plains, Plateau) 14. Black-Mountain-Bear Gets Persimmons by Leaning Against a Tree (Southeast) 15. Rabbit Gathers Canes (Southeast) 16. Squirrel Slits Open His Scrotum (Plains) 17. Duck Excretes Rice (Northeast) 18. Bird Gets Salmon Eggs by Striking His Ankle (Northwest Coast) 19. Muskrat Cooks Some Ice (Northeast) 20. Woodpecker Pulls Eels Out of Trees (Subarctic) Conclusion Appendix: Bungling Host Myths Notes Bibliography.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 509-543).
Language (note)
  • Translated from the French.
Contents
Caribou takes in his wife's dress (Subarctic) -- Snake makes a meal in the embers (Southwest) -- The fire trap (Grand Basin) -- While bird sings, bear cooks (Northwest Coast) -- Seal roasts his hands (Northwest Coast) -- Silver fox digs up yellow jacket larvae with his penis (California) -- Wildcat beats a blanket (California) -- Deer kills her children and puts their bones into the water (Southwest) -- Wolf transforms two arrowheads into mincemeat puddings (Southwest) -- Badger pushes a stick down his throat and gets yucca-juice (Southwest) -- Bison skewers his nose (Plains) -- White-tailed deer shoots at a red clay bank (Plains) -- Man kills bison with his sharpened leg (Plains, Plateau) -- Black-bountain-bear gets persimmons by leaning against a tree (Southeast) -- Rabbit gathers canes (Southeast) -- Squirrel slits open his scrotum (Plains) -- Duck excretes rice (Northeast) -- Bird gets salmon eggs by striking his ankle (Northwest Coast) -- Muskrat cooks some ice (Northeast) -- Woodpecker pulls eels out of trees (Subarctic) -- Appendix: Bungling host myths.
Call Number
JFE 18-7655
ISBN
  • 9781496200877
  • 149620087X
  • 9781496206053
  • 1496206053
LCCN
2017052574
OCLC
1009246477
Author
Clément, Daniel, 1951- author.
Title
The bungling host : the nature of indigenous oral literature / Daniel Clément ; translated by Peter Frost.
Publisher
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2018.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 509-543).
Summary
"The Bungling Host motif appears in countless indigenous cultures in North America and beyond. In this groundbreaking work Daniel Clément has gathered more than four hundred North American variants of the story to examine how myths acquire meaning for their indigenous users and explores how seemingly absurd narratives can prove to be a rich source of meaning when understood within the appropriate context. In analyzing the Bungling Host tales, Clément considers not only material culture but also social, economic, and cultural life; Native knowledge of the environment; and the world of plants and animals.<BR /><BR /> Clément's analysis uncovers four operational modes in myth construction and clarifies the relationship between mythology and science. Ultimately he demonstrates how science may have developed out of an operational mode that already existed in the mythological mind.<BR />"-- Provided by publisher.
"Daniel Clément examines the "Bungling Host" tale known in a multitude of indigenous cultures in North America and beyond. In this groundbreaking work he reveals fuller meaning to these stories than previously recognized and underscores the limits of structuralism in understanding them"-- Provided by publisher.
Language
Translated from the French.
Research Call Number
JFE 18-7655
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