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Yana Texts

Edward Sapir

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Book Description:This is a collection of texts from the Yana, a native Californian people who spoke a Hokan language. The Yana lived in the north-eastern Sacramento region of California, east of Redding and north of Chico. Their mythology was veryMoreBook Description:This is a collection of texts from the Yana, a native Californian people who spoke a Hokan language. The Yana lived in the north-eastern Sacramento region of California, east of Redding and north of Chico. Their mythology was very similar to their neighbors, the Maidu, the Shasta and the Wintun- the trickster, Coyote, plays a very important role. There is no cosmological origin myth recorded here. Rather the mythology starts out in a fully realized dream-time inhabited by animal spirits. They are busy sketching in the world that humans will inhabit. The text, the Origin of Sex, Hands, and Death, starts off with an interesting twist: women were originally men, and men were originally women.The most famous Yana, belonging to a subgroup called the Yahi, was Ishi, billed as The last wild Indian. Ishi stumbled out of the mountains near Oroville in 1911, the year after this monograph was published. Ishi was taken Berkeley where he lived the remainder of his life, studied closely by the anthropologists Alfred Kroeber and Thomas Talbot Waterman. Ishi died in 1916. He is the subject of an excellent book by Theodora Kroeber, wife of Alfred Krober, Ishi in Two Worlds. (Quote from sacred-texts.com)Table of Contents:Publishers Preface- Introductory Remarks- I. Central Dialect (gatA?i.)- Flint Boy- The Theft Of Fire And The Burning Of The World- The visit Of The Geese People To Mount Shasta- Bluejays Journey To The Land Of The Moon- The Creation Of The Yana- Origin Of Sex, Hands, And Death- Coyote And His Sister- Coyote And His Mother-in-law- The Rolling Skull- ii. Northern Dialect (garI?i.)- Coyote, Pine Marten, And Loon- The Drowning Of Young Buzzards Wife- Coyote, Heron, And Lizard- The Finding Of Fire- Indian Medicine-men- Marriage- A Lovers Quarrel- Childbirth And Death-