The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West (Folklife of the West, Vol. 2)
After a career working and living with American Indians and studying their traditions, Barre Toelken has written this sweeping study of Native American folklore in the West. Within a framework of performance theory, cultural worldview, and collaborative research, he examines Native American visual arts, dance, oral tradition (story and song), humor, and patterns of thinkin...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Utah State University Press
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Also a great introductory textbook for my Folklore class by a truly amazing folklorist here in Utah. Barre Toelken spent most of his professional career working with Navajo family members in Southern Utah. I especially like his introductory metaphor of looking at snail shell's patterns in order to try and discern what his life must have been like. I try to get my students to think about the traces or patterns they leave behind as they go through their lives--some more tangible than others, all o...more