The Mythology of the Wichita; Collected under the Auspices of the Carnegie Institution of Washington
Publisher: Carnegie Institution of Washington
Place: Washington, DC
351 pages Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") bound in original publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering to cover. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication number 21. First edition.
First published in 1904, George A. Dorseyâ€™s Mythology of the Wichita is a rich collection of American Indian folklore. With the help of a Wichita interpreter, Dorsey gathered sixty tales from the Wichitas living in Oklahoma and arranged them according to the first period, the creation; the second period, transformation; and the third period, the present. This collection of Wichita myths is largely the result of investigations begun in 1903, under a grant from the Carnegie Institution of Washington. In 1900 Dorsey began work of this nature for the Field Columbian Museum, and continued it interruptedly for three years. Throughout the three years he used as interpreter Burgess Hunt, a well-educated Wichita of full blood. For assistance in the final arrangement of the myths, and especially for a large part of the information embodied in the introduction, he was assisted by the well-known chief of the Wichita Towakoni Jim.
Lacks spine label, corners bumped, crease to front cover, previous owner's name on front end paper, respined with original spine laid on else very good copy.
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