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By Barre Toelken

After a occupation operating and dwelling with American Indians and learning their traditions, Barre Toelken has written this sweeping examine of local American folklore within the West. inside a framework of functionality conception, cultural worldview, and collaborative study, he examines local American visible arts, dance, oral culture (story and song), humor, and styles of pondering and discovery to illustrate what may be gleaned from Indian traditions by means of Natives and non-Natives alike. within the technique he considers well known distortions of Indian ideals, demystifies many traditions via exhibiting how they are often comprehended inside their cultural contexts, considers why a few facets of local American existence are usually not intended to be understood by means of or shared with outsiders, and emphasizes how a lot may be discovered via sensitivity to and wisdom of cultural values.

Winner of the 2004 Chicago Folklore Prize, The pain of Snails is a necessary paintings for the gathering of any critical reader in folklore or local American studies.

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