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Contents

Preface

15

Introduction

17

Note

29

Part I: Ancient Myths

 
How Wit'-tab-bah the Robin got his Red Breast

33

How Ah-hā'-le stole the Sun for the Valley People

35

How Ah-hā'-le stole the Morning

45

How Tol'-le-loo stole the Fire for the Mountain People

49

Why the Lizard Man did not restore Dead People to Life

55

The Coyote and the Lizard

59

How the People got Five Fingers; How they obtained
Fire; and How they broke up into Tribes

61

The Birth of Wek'-wek and the Creation of Man

67

Ke'-lok and his Han-na'-boo

75

The Creation of Man

83

How they got the Fire

89

How Kah'-kool the Raven became a Great Hunter

93

How Kah'-kah-loo the Ravens became People

101

The Bear and the Fawns, as told by the Northern Mewuk

103

The Bear and the Fawns, as told by the Tuolumne Mewuk

111

How the Children of He-le'-jah became People

115

The Greed of His'-sik the Skunk

117

Nek'-na-ka'-tah the Rock Maiden

123

The jealousy of Wek'-wek and the Death of Lo'-wut

127

The Defeat of O-la'-nah

135

How Sah'-te set the World on Fire

139

How Cha'-ka shot out the Sun

153

How Wek'-wek was saved from the Flood

157

Why the Bodega Bay Indians can not stand Cold

159

Hoi-ah'-ko Tales of the Southern Mewuk

163

Oo-wel'-lin the Rock Giant

169

Tim-me-la'-le the Thunder

173

Wek'-wek’s Search for his Father

179

Wek'-wek’s Search for his Sister

191

Wek'-wek’s Visit to the Underworld People

195

Tah'-low the Thunder and Tah'-kip the Lightning

199

He'-koo-lās the Sun-woman

201

How O'-ye discovered his Wife

203

Part 2: Present Day Myths

 
Beliefs concerning Animals

209

How Bears resemble People and like to Dance
How He-le'-jah the Cougar hunts Deer
How Too-le'-ze the Timber-wolf hunts Deer
The Stump and the Lost Dog
The First Teeth go to Soo-wah-tah the Gopher
O-lel'-le' the Mysterious Bird of Cold Springs
Soo-koo'-me the Great Horned Owl
The Meadowlark, a Gossip and Maker of Trouble
Ki'-kil-ah the Mountain Bluejay
Where Ducks and Geese go to Breed
Po'-ko-moo the Poison Spider
Where Koo'-tah the Money-clam came from
 
Beliefs concerning Ghosts and the Sign of Death

217

Ghosts follow the Pathway of the Wind
Three Birds scream to frighten the Ghosts
Ghosts may come back in Soo-koo'-me the Owl
A Hole in the Nose saves turning into a Fish
What good and bad Ghosts turn into
Ghosts hide in Stumps and Whirlwinds
Ghosts search for a Big Animal in the Ocean
Wah-tib'-sah the Sign of Death
 
Beliefs concerning Natural Phenomena

223

Thunder
The Rainbow
The Earthquake
Noise
The Echo
How the World Grew
 
Beliefs concerning Witches, Pigmies, Giants and other Fabulous Beings

227

How Witches kill People
Pigmies and Water People
The Devil of San Rafael
Ho-ha'-pe the River Mermaid
The Rock Giants
 
Scientific Names of the Animals

237

Scientific Names of the Trees and other Plants

241

Bibliography of California Mythology

243

Index

247


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