Cassandra asked:

Does anybody know how accurate this book is? Mythology and folklore is deeply fascinating to me, but this is my first in-depth foray into the belief systems of North American natives. I googled some of the characters in the myths for more info, but I find no reference to them except from this book. Specific examples that I can remember are Machinitou and the Puck-wud Jinnies. What's the deal?

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Emily Van Coolput Well how accurate are you ever going to be when writing down oral traditions coming from another culture and language, and which have probably been altered a fair bit over time? The puck-wud Jinnies are the same creatures as the puckwudgies that have been somewhat popularised by JK Rowling; probably at some point someone heard the word and made a connection that actually doesn't exist with the (d)jinnies they'd heard of somewhere else. However, this is certainly not a scientific book, just a collection of stories from a variety of areas and population groups; my guess is they're probably "authentic" all in all, but I wouldn't, for instance, use this as a reference for a dissertation on the subject.
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