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In the BeginningThe Navajo Genesis$
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Jerrold Levy

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520211285

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520211285.001.0001

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Tricksters North and South

Tricksters North and South

(p.82) 5 Tricksters North and South
In the Beginning

Jerrold E. Levy

University of California Press

This chapter identifies those myths the Navajos brought from their original home in the subarctic and characterizes the figure of the northern Athabascan trickster. As the Navajos moved south, they came into contact with tribes of the Plateau, Great Basin, and Plains. By tracing one hunter myth from the subarctic to the Southwest, the chapter shows how the trickster figure has been transformed by the Navajos from the time they left their homeland until their contacts with the Pueblos and the development of their myth corpus as we know it today. The principle hero of the myth changes from a northern Athabascan, trickster-creator to Coyote in the Basin, Plateau, and Plains.

Keywords:   Navajos, Trickster, North America, Athabascan, Coyote, Pueblo

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