Fossil Legends of the First Americans

Fossil Legends of the First Americans

Book - 2005
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"This richly illustrated book examines the discoveries of enormous bones and uses of fossils for medicine, hunting magic, and spells. Well before Columbus, Native Americans observed the mysterious petrified remains of extinct creatures and sought to understand their transformation to stone. In perceptive creation stories, they visualized the remains of extinct mammoths, dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and marine creatures as Monster Bears, Giant Lizards, Thunder Birds, and Water Monsters. Their insights, some so sophisticated that they anticipate modern scientific theories, were passed down in oral histories over many centuries." "Drawing on historical sources, archaeology, traditional accounts, and extensive personal interviews, Adrienne Mayor takes us from Aztec and Inca fossil tales to the traditions of the Iroquois, Navajos, Apaches, Cheyennes, and Pawnees."--Jacket.
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2005
ISBN: 9780691113456
0691113459
Branch Call Number: 398.369 M473f 2005
Characteristics: xxxix, 446 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm

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