American Indian Mythology - Part 1 Section 4 Summary & Analysis

Alice Marriott and Carol K. Rachlin
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Part 1 Section 4 Summary and Analysis

Section 4 of "The World Beyond Ours" contains stories about "The Stars Above".

"Pursuit of the Bear" (Musquakie - Fox) The introduction to this story comments on how most of the astronomical/astrological legends and stories of the Indians have been lost. There are apparently three main reasons for this-because the lore of the stars was a secret passed between priests and not shared with most people, because Indian constellations were different from European constellations, and because the original anthropologists who recorded these stories weren't familiar with astronomy at all.

One early winter, three hunters and a little dog went out in search of game. They found a bear's cave, chase the bear out, and then chase the bear in all four directions-north, south, west and east. They then chase the bear into the sky, where they capture it and...

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