By Earnest Gouge
Totkv Mocvse/New Fire provides the paintings of Earnest Gouge, an enormous early Creek (Muskogee) writer, and makes to be had for the 1st time-in Creel and English—the myths and legends of a huge American Indian tribe.
In 1915, Earnest Gouge was once inspired through ethnographer John Reed Swanton to checklist Creek legends and myths. Gouge's manuscript lay within the nationwide Anthropological files for eighty-five years until eventually Creek-speaking sisters, Margaret McKane Mauldin and Juanita McGirt, and linguist Jack B. Martin, begun translating and modifying the record. In Totkv Mocvse/New hearth, Gouge's tales seem in parallel structure, with the Creek textual content along the English translation.
The tales conceal many topics, from the funny allegories of Rabbit, Wolf, and different personified animals, to searching tales designed to frighten a evening viewers within the woods. An insightful foreword by means of Craig Womack and Jack Martin's creation body the tales inside Creek literature and heritage. Martin and Mauldin additionally supply short introductions to every tale, highlighting key components of Creek culture.
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