The epic story of Indian mythology in one sweeping narrative, a book that gathers and recounts over fifty native myths as it tells in fairytale form the story of Native America.
Praise for Tunkashila
"Imagine a rock with the passionate wisdom of Joseph Campbell, the encyclopedic learning of Sir James George Fraser, and the eloquence of William Butler Yeats. That rock would be the narrator of this book, which combines tales from many Native American traditions to create a sweeping vision of life on this continent from the dawn of time to the visions of Black Elk. It reads like a complex novel rather than a collection of folktales. It also reads like it should be sung aloud, so strong is the oral nature of Hausman's writing. A splendid addition to any collection of Native Americana."
—Pat Monaghan, Booklist
"One quality that differentiates Tunkashila from the many other compilations of Indian lore in print is the arrangement of tales in sequence, from the earliest eons of the cosmos to recent times. 'Hundreds of tribal myths,' Mr. Hausman explains, 'are woven together, along with characters who are common to all tribes: the trickster, the chief, the warrior, the shaman and the lover.' The interconnectedness of its stories allows the book to be read like a novel, a narrative about the history of the earth viewed from a non-Western phantasmagorical perspective..."
—Edward Hower, from The New York Times Book Review
"Gerald Hausman's Tunkashila is an eloquent tribute to the first great storytellers of America."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Tunkashila is a book to be read slowly and with deep respect... it is like the wind one hears on the plains, Steady, running, full of music."
—N. Scott Momaday, author of In the Presence of the Sun
"Tunkashila gives voice to the grandfathers and elders passing on the legends and lore of their tribes from generation to generation. It is a wonderful book, which makes you feel the touch of an eagle's wing on your face, while the scent of sage is filling the air."
—Richard Erdoes, author of Lakota Woman
"Imagine a rock with the passionate wisdom of Joseph Campbell, the encyclopedic learning of Sir James George Frazer, and the eloquence of William Butler Yeats—that rock would be the narrator of this book."
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