Item Details

The Bungling Host: The Nature of Indigenous Oral Literature

Daniel Clement ; translated by Peter Frost
Format
Book
Published
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2018]
Language
Translated from the French
Uniform Title
Hôte Maladroit English
ISBN
9781496200877, 149620087X, 9781496206053, 1496206053, 9781496206688, 1496206681
Summary
"The Bungling Host motif appears in countless indigenous cultures in North America and beyond. In this groundbreaking work Daniel Clément has gathered more than four hundred North American variants of the story to examine how myths acquire meaning for their indigenous users and explores how seemingly absurd narratives can prove to be a rich source of meaning when understood within the appropriate context. In analyzing the Bungling Host tales, Clément considers not only material culture but also social, economic, and cultural life; Native knowledge of the environment; and the world of plants and animals. Clément's analysis uncovers four operational modes in myth construction and clarifies the relationship between mythology and science. Ultimately he demonstrates how science may have developed out of an operational mode that already existed in the mythological mind."--
"Daniel Clément examines the "Bungling Host" tale known in a multitude of indigenous cultures in North America and beyond. In this groundbreaking work he reveals fuller meaning to these stories than previously recognized and underscores the limits of structuralism in understanding them"--
Contents
  • Caribou takes in his wife's dress (Subarctic)
  • Snake makes a meal in the embers (Southwest)
  • The fire trap (Grand Basin)
  • While bird sings, bear cooks (Northwest Coast)
  • Seal roasts his hands (Northwest Coast)
  • Silver fox digs up yellow jacket larvae with his penis (California)
  • Wildcat beats a blanket (California)
  • Deer kills her children and puts their bones into the water (Southwest)
  • Wolf transforms two arrowheads into mincemeat puddings (Southwest)
  • Badger pushes a stick down his throat and gets yucca-juice (Southwest)
  • Bison skewers his nose (Plains)
  • White-tailed deer shoots at a red clay bank (Plains)
  • Man kills bison with his sharpened leg (Plains, Plateau)
  • Black-bountain-bear gets persimmons by leaning against a tree (Southeast)
  • Rabbit gathers canes (Southeast)
  • Squirrel slits open his scrotum (Plains)
  • Duck excretes rice (Northeast)
  • Bird gets salmon eggs by striking his ankle (Northwest Coast)
  • Muskrat cooks some ice (Northeast)
  • Woodpecker pulls eels out of trees (Subarctic)
  • Appendix: Bungling host myths.
Description
xxiv, 543 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Notes
  • "Originally published as L'hôte maladroit: la matière du mythe (Presses de l'Université Laval, 2014)."
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 507-543).
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

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