Yaqui Myths and Legends

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Author: Giddings, Ruth Warner (1919- ) [Collector] from the library of Professor George M Foster

Year: 1959

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Place: Tucson


73 pages with references. Quarto (10 1/2" x 8") bound in original wrappers. From the library of George M Foster. Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona, number 2. First edition.

Until this time no thorough collection or study had been made of the folk traditions of the Yaquis. Only about a score of Yaqui stores were to be found in published form. Alfonso Fabila had printed five stories and three songs. Spicer reviewed a half-dozen stories and note the existence of animal tales among the Yaquis of Arizona. Beals had published a few Yaqui traditions about serpents and thirteen myths and tales identified as Cahita. A brief resume of Yaqui tradition by one of their leaders had been printed in an appendix to a work by Holden, etal. In manuscript form, Johnson had recorded the Spanish and Yaqui texts of a small well rounded collection of stories and Wilder had contributed a collection and study of Yaqui deer-songs from Pascua village, Arizona. It is known that Yaqui society has been influenced strongly by Spanish and Mexican culture, judging from indications in historical records and from studies of modern Yaquis. In making this collection of stories it was the objective to illustrate two things: (1) the nature of the folk literature of the Yaquis and (2) the influences of which successive foreign contacts have exerted upon the Yaqui folklore. These collections were made in Potam, Sonora from February through April of 1942 and during regular visits to Pascua and Barrio Libre near Tucson from May to September of the same year.

George McClelland Foster, Jr born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 9, 1913, died on May 18, 2006, at his home in the hills above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a professor from 1953 to his retirement in 1979, when he became professor emeritus. His contributions to anthropological theory and practice still challenge us; in more than 300 publications, his writings encompass a wide diversity of topics, including acculturation, long-term fieldwork, peasant economies, pottery making, public health, social structure, symbolic systems, technological change, theories of illness and wellness, humoral medicine in Latin America, and worldview. The quantity, quality, and long-term value of his scholarly work led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1976. Virtually all of his major publications have been reprinted and/or translated. Provenance from the executor of Foster's library laid in.


Foster's stamp to front wrapper. Corners bumped, spine sunned else a very good copy.

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