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Myths and Tales of the White Mountain Apache
by Grenville Goodwin and Philip J. Greenfeld
preface by Ronnie Lupe
foreword by Elizabeth A. Brandt and Bonnie Lavender-Lewis
University of Arizona Press, 1994
eISBN: 978-0-8165-3350-3 | Paper: 978-0-8165-1451-9
Library of Congress Classification E99.A6M87 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 398.2089972

“This volume contains translations of Apache stories that reflect our distinct view of the world and our approach to life. These myths and fables have survived through untold generations because the truth contained in them is eternal and the moral lessons that they teach are still valid. . . . You can read these stories and catch a glimpse of how our ancestors observed nature, drew metaphors from everyday observations and happenings, and applied the lessons learned to everyday life. Read them and you will see how harmony with nature and the natural world is the goal of every Apache.” —Ronnie Lupe, Tribal Chairman, White Mountain Apache Tribe
These fifty-seven tales (with seven variants) gathered between 1931 and 1936 include major cycles dealing with Creation and Coyote, minor tales, and additional stories derived from Spanish and Mexican tradition. The tales are of two classes: holy tales said by some to explain the origin of ceremonies and holy powers, and tales which have to do with the creation of the earth, the emergence, the flood, the slaying of monsters, and the origin of customs. As Grenville Goodwin was the first anthropologist to work with the White Mountain Apache, his insights remain a primary source on this people.

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