Traditions of the Arapaho


Traditions of the Arapaho

Compiled by George A. Dorsey and Alfred L. Kroeber
Introduction by Jeffrey D. Anderson

Sources of American Indian Oral Literature Series

488 pages


December 1997


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About the Book

Anthropologists George A. Dorsey and Alfred L. Kroeber joined forces to record and preserve the rich cultural traditions of the Arapaho Indians, long split into two bands. Dorsey had done fieldwork with the Southern Arapaho after they moved from Colorado to Oklahoma and would soon be known for his study of their Sun Dance. Kroeber had visited the Northern Arapaho, who were still living in Wyoming. Traditions of the Arapaho, first published in 1903, is the result of their collaboration.
This collection of tales bears witness to the religious feeling, imagination, and humor of the Arapaho. Beginning with creation myths, Dorsey and Kroeber offer stories about Found-in-Grass, Blood-Clot-Boy, Badger-Woman, Blue-Feather, White Dog, the Rolling Stone, Porcupine, and the Woman Who Climbed to the Sky. Entities marvelous and mundane—water monsters, speckled horses, dancing ducks, cannibalistic dwarves—populate these vibrant tales, where spirit permeates everything, and everything has meaning.

Author Bio

George A. Dorsey’s (1868–1931) works include The Pawnee Mythology (Nebraska 1997).
Alfred L. Kroeber (1876–1960) is the author of The Arapaho (Nebraska 1983) and other works.
Introducer Jeffrey D. Anderson is a professor of anthropology at Colby College.

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