I:2 / may 84

Editor: Andrew Wiget, Department of English, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003


        ASAIL (The Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures) sponsors two sessions at the MLA convention each year. In the last issue one of those sessions was announced. The program for the second session, entitled "Oral Literature and the Problematics of Textuality" is as follows:

"Text and Pretext: Ideological Assumptions in the Representation of Oral Literature," Andrew Wiget, New Mexico State U., Chair.
"Textuality in Oral Performance: A Story of the Kuna Indians of Panama." Joel Sherzer, Linguistics, U Texas.
"Crossing the Divide: Linguistic Text to Literary Idiom." Brian Swann, Cooper Union. "Post-Structuralism and Oral 'Literature.'" Arnold Krupat, Sarah Lawrence C.


MELUS (Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States). Meets annually in conjunction with other professional organizations. Sponsors quarterly journal, MELUS, available to members with dues---- $15/yr,indiv.or instit. Editor: Wayne Charles Miller, English Department, U Cincinnati, McMicken Hall, Cincinnati, OH 45221.
CORRECTION.- Annual dues for SSILA (Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of America) is only $5.00/yr, not $6.00. Excellent Newsletter! Victor Golla, SSILA, Department of Anthropology, George Washington U, Washington, DC 20052


        Maurice Kenny's THE MAMA POEMS has been awarded the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award. The book is available from White Pine Press, 73 Putnam, Buffalo, NY 14213 . . . . Peter Jemison, Maurice Kenny and other Native American Writers and artists were featured on The Today Show on May 17, which devoted a special segment to Native American Culture


Explorations in Ethnic Studies, sponsored by the National Association for Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies, is soliciting manuscripts for articles with an interdisciplinary focus. For style sheet, information or to submit mss., write: Meredith Rinehart, Assoc. Editor, 847 L Street, Davis, CA 95616.
North Dakota Quarterly will publish a special issue on American Indian Studies in 1985, and solicits fiction, poetry, reviews, visual art (b/w only) and essays appropriate to the topic. MLA Handbook style. Deadline: November 1, 1984. Mary Jane Schneider, Guest Editor; Robert Lewis, Editor. Box 8231, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202.
American Indian Quarterly is interested in receiving articles for publication consideration over a broad range of topics relevant to American Indian Studies. Articles should be approx. 20-25 pp. Chicago Manual of Style. American Indian Quarterly, NAS/3415 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. Subs: $15/yr, indiv; $35/yr. instit.


From Mexico, Willard Gingerich (UTEP) reports two Spanish-language publications of interest:

Konrad T. Preuss, Mitos y cuentas nahuas de la sierra madre occidental. trans. Mariana Prenk-Westhein. Mexico City: Instituto Nacional Indigenista, 1982. Collection of oral narratives.
Gustavo Sainz, Fantasmas Aztecas. Mexico City: Editorial Grijalbo, A.A., 1982. Novel with extensive reference to Aztec culture and recent excavations in Mexico City.

From Italy, Laura Coltelli (U Pisa), together with M. Vittoria D'Amico (U Catania) and Gaetano Prampolini (U Florence) has recently initiated an interuniversity research program: "La letteratura degli Indiani d'America." It will publish monographs/essays on the most Important contemporary American Indian writers as well as translating their major works with critical introductions, bibliographies and notes. The new series,"Indianamericana. La cultura degli Indiani d'America," is divided into two sections:
1) LE TRADIZIONI E IL PRESENTE. General eds. Flavia y Sandra Busatta

Mullett, George C. Merrick. Le Storie della Donna Ragno. Milano: La Salamandra,1981. ed. Sandra Busatta
Hoebel, E. Adamson. I Cheyenne. Milano: La Salamandra,1983. Ed. Sandra Busatta.

II) LA NUOVA LETTERATURA. General editors: Laura Coltelli e Gaetano Prampolini.

Silko, Leslie Marmon. Raccontare. Milano: La Salamandra, 1983. trans. Laura Coltelli. Intro. by L. Coltelli,"La Storytelling di Leslie Marmon Silko," 11-47.
Laura Coltelli also reports the following developments in Europe:
From Japan. Kenneth Roemer, U Texas-Arlington, has just returned from serving as Visiting Professor of English at the invitation of Shimane University and the Japanese Ministry of Education. He reports considerable interest in Native American literature--Silko's Ceremony has been translated there--and his offering of what he believes to have been the first courses in the subject in Japan. A special issue of Takara-Jima (Feb 1978) was devoted to American Indian Studies, with a bibliography of material translated into Japanese. Some of his own experience is reported in:Kenneth Roemer, "Japanese Ways to Rainy Mountain: An Approach to Teaching English Composition in Japan," Memoirs of the Faculty of Law and Letters, Shimane University, 6 (Dec 1983) 337-63.

        Spring! And a scholar's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of ......... dissertations and theses on oral literature to 1980! Those on contemporary Indian writing and the Indian in !literature in a subsequent issue. Many of these are available in microform or hard copy from University Microfilms International, P.O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106. UMI also publishes catalogs of dissertations and theses on Anthropology, Linguistics, Folklore, American History, American Literature, and The North American Indian, to list a few subjects of interest to ASAIL members.

Theses And Dissertations On Native American Oral Literature

A. Prior to 1955 (From The American Indian in Graduate Studies, compiled by Frederick J. Dockstader, New York: Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, 1957.)

     Barnard, Herwanna Becker. The Comanche and His Literature, with an anthology of his myths, legends, folktales, oratory, poetry and songs. (MA 1952, Stanford.)
     Beach, James Wiley. Kwakiutl Values as reflected in Mythology. (MA 1952, Stanford.)
     Campbell, Edith Core. The Star Husband tale: A comparative study by the historic-geographic method. (MA 1931, Indiana.)
     Chowning, Marcha Ann. Raven myths in northwestern North America and northeastern Asia. (MA 1952, Pennsylvania.)
     Count, Earl Wendel. The Earth-Diver: an attempt at an Asiatic-American correlation. (PhD 1935, California.)
     Demetracopoulou, Dorothy. The Leon Woman myth: a study in synthesis. (PhD 1932 California.) Pub: Jour. Amer. Folklore, 46, #180 [1933]
     Donaldson, Jessie Louise. A stylistic study of variants of the mentor-Grandmother myth. (MA 1931, California.) All North American tribes, including Eskimo.
     Drummond, Isabel N. A study of the literary and artistic elements in the life of the Sioux. (MA 1930, Indiana.)
     Ehrlich, Clara Hilderman. Tribal culture in Crow mythology. (PhD 1931, Columbia.) Pub: Jour. Amer. Folklore, 50, #198 [1937] p 307-408.
     Essene, Frank J. A Comparative study of Eskimo mythology. (PhD 1947, California.) Compares east, west and central Eskimo with Indians of Interior Canada, Northwest Coast tribes and northeast Asiatic peoples.
     Fisher, Ruby Keefauver. Literary and artistic expression of the Hopi Indians. (MA 1930, Indiana.)
     Flannery, Regina. A study of the distribution and development of the Memegwecio concept in Alonquian folklore. (MA 1931, Catholic.)
     Freed, Ruth Helen Anderson. An analysis of the literary significance of certain legends of the Yosemite Indians. (MA 1948, So. California.) Southern Miwok.
     French, David Heath. A comparative study of the mythologies of the Jicarilla, Lipan, Mescalero, and Chiricahua Apache Indians. (MA 1940, Claremont.)
     Gerow, Bert Alfred. Bloodclot Boy: an historical and sylistic study of a North American Indian hero tale. (PhD 1950, California.)
     Giddings, Ruth Warner. Folk literature of the Yaqui Indians. (MA 1945, Arizona.) Yaqui of Potam (Sonora), Pascua and Barrio Libre (Arizona.) 64 tales included, alien influences examined.
     Holt, Permelia Catharine. The relations of Shasta folklore. (PhD 1942, California.) Pub: "Shasta ethnography." U. Calif. Pubs. Amer. Archeol. Ethnol., 3, #4 [l946] p 299-349.
     Horeasitas, Fernando. An analysis of the Deluge myth in Mesoamerica. (MA 1953, Mexico City.)
     Jackson, Lillian Reeves. The tale of the Dog Husband: a comparative study of a North American Indian folk tale. (MA 1929, Indiana.)
     Koppert, Vincent Aloysius. Contributions to Clayoquot ethnology. (PhD 1930, Catholic.) Pub: Cath. U., Anthro. Ser. #1 [1930].
     Kull, Dorothy M. A study of Tlingit Indian legends and folk tales from Sitka, Alaska. (MA 1952, Tennessee.)
     Lange, Elizabeth Mean March. A Study of Zuni myths as literature. (MA 1942, New Mexico.)
     Lockett, Hattie Green. The unwritten literature of the Hopi. (MA 1933, Arizona.) Pub: U. Ariz. Soc. Sci. Bull. #2 [1933].
     Lowie, Robert Harry. The test-theme in North American mythology. (PhD 1908, Columbia.) Pub: Jour. Amer. Folklore. 21, #81 [1908] p 97-148.
     Lowrimore, Burton Sherman. The concept of dualism in American Indian folklore. (PhD 1951, California.)
     Luomala, Ellen Katharine. Turtle's War Party: a study in comparative mythology. (MA 1934, California.) Refers to most North American Tribes.
     Lydy, Llora Belle. Some European tales among North American Indian. (MA 1926, Indiana.)
     McDermott, Louisa. Ethnology and folklore of Selish proper. (MA 1994, California.) Flathead Reservation region in northern Montana; includes Flathead and Pend d'Oreille tribes.
     McNair, Robert Malcolm. The ideas of the good in the mythology of the Navaho Indians. (PhD 1948, Harvard.)
     Marjerrison, Mary Isabel. A comparative study of the origin myths of the Indians of the Plains and Plateau area. (MA 1935, Indiana.)
     Meyncke, Gretchen Dye. The "Orpheus" story among the North American Indians. (MA 1927, Indiana.)
     Montgomery, Guy. Studies in primitive folksong. (PhD 1921, California.) Pub: U. Calif. Pubs. Modern Philol., 11, #16 [1922] p 285-292. Contains texts of Chippewa and Teton-Sioux songs.
     Munro, John B. Language, legends and lore of the Carrier Indians. (PhD 1945, Ottawa.)
     Nelson, Emma Viola. The narrative method of the North American Indian folk tale as illustrated in the handling of plot, character, and setting. (MA 1932, Idaho.)
     Panylty, Patricia Helen. Stylistic devices in Ojibway folk tales. (MA 1949, California.)
     Pessoa, Maria Alice Moura. A bibliographic study of the Deluge Myth in the Americas. (MA 1948, Columbia.)
     Poston, Sidon. The literature of the Red Lake Chippewa Indians. (MA 1946, No. Dakota.)
     Russell, Rubye S. Folklore of South Texas and Mexico. (MA 1952, Sul Ross.) Includes some Karankawa and other Indian legends.
     Sarot, Eden Emanuel. Folklore of the dragonfly: a linguistic approach. (PhD 1949, Princeton.) Considers dragonfly theme around the world; Includes Amer. Indian, especially Navaho.
     Sears, Constance S. Reflection of Hopi culture in Hopi folk tales. (MA 1953 New Mexico.)
     Shaman, Milton Aaron. Distribution of Eskimo mythical elements. (MA 1932, Pennsylvania.)
     Simon, Beatrice V. Autobiographical writings of some North American Indians: a critical study of their origin and development. (MA 1950, McGill.)
     Skeels, Dell R. Style in the unwritten literature of the Nez Perce Indians. (PhD 1949, Washington.)
     Smith, Anne Milne. An analyis of Basin mythology, 2 vols. charts. (PhD 1940, Yale.) Essentially Ute, Paiute, Shoshoni and neighboring tribes.
     Snyder, Geraldine D.. Seneca Indian songs. (MM 1944, Northwestern.)
     Speck, Farnk Gouldsmith. A comparative study of the native mythology of the south-eastern United States. (MA 1905, Columbia.)
     Spencer, Katherine. Reflection of social life in the Navaho origin myth. (MA 1943 Chicago.) Pub: U. New Mex., Pubs. Anthro #3 [1947].
     Spencer, Katherine. Mythology and values: an analysis of Navaho chantway myths. (PhD 1952, Chicago.) Pub: Memoirs Am. Folklore Soc., #48 [1957].
     Steward, Mary Ida. Legends of the Mississippi Indians in prose and fiction. (MA 1931, Geo. Peabody.) Choctaw, Chickasaw, Natchez, Pascagoula, Biloxi. Original material said never to have been collected before.
     Sumner, Margaret Lippincott. Ledge-Boy and Thrown-Away: an analytic study of an American Indian folktale. (MA 1952, Stanford.)
     Thomson, Stith. European borrowings and parallels in American Indian tales. (PhD 1914, Harvard.) Pub: "European tales among the North American Indian." Colorado Coll. Pubs. Language Ser., 2, [1919] p 319-471.
     Voegelin, Erminie Wheeler. Mythological elements common to the Kiowa and five other Plains tribes. (MA 1932, California.) Others are Crow, Arapaho, Gros Ventre, Blackfoot, Cheyenne.
     Waterman, Thomas Talbot. The explanatory element in the folk-tales of the North American Indians. (PhD 1914, Columbia.) Pub: Jour. Amer. Folklore, 22 #103 [1914].
     Weyer, Edward Moffat. The Eskimos: a study in adaptation to environment. (PhD 1930, Yale.) Pub: The Eskimos: their environment and folkways. Yale U. Press [1932].
     Williams, Angela Mahola. Study of Menomini art and literature. (MA 1930, Indiana.)
     Winger, Bjorn. A classification of motifs in Eskimo folk-literature. (MA 1930, Indiana.)
     Wycoco, Remedios Santiago. The types of North American Indian tales. (PhD 1951, Indiana.)

B. Since 1955
     From Dissertation Abstracts International

     Armstrong, Robert Plant. Patterns in the Stories of the Dakota Indians and the Negroes of Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana. (PhD 1957 Northwestern University) 245p. 17/12, p 2759 ECDOO-23482.
     Arrington, Ruth M. Speech Activities in Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation, During the Seventies. (PhD 1971, The Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College) 289p. 32/05-A pl 2826 ECD71-29342.
     Balgooyen, Theodore John. The Public Speaking of the Typical North American Plains Indians of the Nineteenth Century. (PhD 1957, Stanford University.)
     Black, Robert Abner. A Content Analysis of 81 Hopi Indian Chants. (PhD 1965, Indiana University) 524p, 26/05 p. 2411 ECD65-10805.
     Blackburn, Thomas Carl. Chumash Oral Traditions: A Cultural Analysis. (PhD 1974, University of California - Los Angeles) 623 p. 35/04, p. 1784 ECD74-21100
     Bock, Frank George. A Descriptive Study of the Dramatic Function and Significance of the Clown During Hopi Indian Public Ceremony. (PhD 1971 University of Southern California) 373p. 32/10A, p. 5928 ECD72-11906.
     Bruchman, Robert Christian. Native American Revitalized Prophecy: A Process of Enculturation. (PhD 1978, Arizona State University) 281p. 39/05-A, p. 3010 EHJ 78-20681.
     Buller, Gallen Mark. Comanche Oral Narratives. (PhD 1977 The University Of Nebraska-Lincoln) 223p. 38/03-A p. 1370 IHJ77-18721.
     Burns, Penny Lee. A Folklore Analysis of Pre-Contact Factionalism at Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. (MA 1975, The American University) 138p. 14/01, p. 2EHJ 13-0999.
     Chien, Chlao. The Continuation of Tradition: Navaho and Chinese Models. (PhD 1965, Cornell University) 227p. 30/07-B, p. 2999.
     Cook, Charles W. The Development of American Indian Ritual Drama As Evidenced by the Hopi and Zuni Indiana of the Southwestern United States. (PhD 1975, New York University) 357p. 37/09-A p. 5440 EHJ 77-05294.
     Dauenhauer, Richard Leonard. Text and Context of Tlingit Oral Tradition. (PhD 1975, The University of Wisconsin-Madison) 252p. 36/09-A P. 6233 ECD75-28001.
     Dundes, Alan. The Morphology of North American Indian Folktales. (PhD 1962, Indiana University) 226 p. 23/06, p. 2986 ECD62-05025.
     Erickson, Edwin Erich. The Song Trace; Song Styles and the Ethnohistory of Aboriginal America. (PhD 1959,Columbia University) 441p 30/10-B p. 4471 ECD70-06965.
     Evers, Lawrence Joseph. The Literature of the Omaha. (PhD 1972, The University of Nebraksa-Lincoln) 229p. 34/01-A, p. 271 ECD73-15356.
     Foster, John Weaver. An Eidochronic Analysis of Selected Folktales of the Southeastern Indians. (MA 1973, California State University - Long Beach) 123p. EHJ13-04732.
     Foster, Michael Kirk. From the Earth to Beyond the Sky: An Ethnographic Approach to Four Longhouse Iroquois Speech Events. (PhD 1974, University of Pennsylvania) 454p. 35/08-A, p. 4767.
Frisbie, Charlotte Johnson. The Navajo House Blessing Ceremontal: The Study of Cultural Change. (PhD 1970, The University of New Mexico) 385p. 31/10-B, p. 5770 ECD71-09274.
     Gingerich, Willard Paul. From Dream to Memory: A Psycho-Historical Introduction to Nahuatl Myth and Moral Philosophy. (PhD 1977 The University of Connecticut) 432p. 38/08-A p. 4851 EHJ77-31077.
     Hakes, Judith Ann. Elements of Social Culture in Teton Sioux Folktales. (PhD 1974, University of Colorado) 222p, 35/04-A, p. 2146 ECD74-22348.
     Harrison, Edith Swan. Women in Navajo Myth: A study in the Symbolism of Matriliny. (PhD 1973, University of Massachusetts) 413 p, 34/10-B, p. 4798 ECD74-08555.
     Henley, Joan Asher. Native American Life Stories: Problems and Opportunities for Literary Study. (PhD 1976, The American University) 52p. 37/03-A, P. 1547 EHJ78-19782.
     Hieb, Louis Albert. The Hopi Ritual Clown: Life as it Should Not be. (PhD 1972, Princeton University) 275p. 33/03-B, p. 990 ECD72-24681.
     Hill, Elbert Ray. Tales and Trials: Children's Stories and Cultural Alienation Among the Winnebago. (PhD 1973 The University of Nebraska-Lincoln) 608p, 34/12 A, p. 7706 ECD74-12997.
     Hinton, Leanne Leslie. Havasupai Songs: A Linguistic Perspective. (PhD 1977, University of California - San Diego) 612p. 38/09-A p. 5434 EJH 77-32807.
     Howell, Renita Jankle. Native American Trickster Mythology from the Northwest Coast: A Computer-Aided Comparison of Content. (PhD 1978 University of Kentucky) v. 40/02-A p.938 GAX79-10675.
     Hunter, Carol Ann. A Study of Osage Mythology: A Literary Perspective. (PhD 1978, University of Denver) Vo. 39/11-A, p. 6763 CAX79-10675.
     Jenkins, Linda Carol. The Performances of the Native Americans as American Theatre: Reconnaissance and Recommendations. (PhD 1975, University of Minnesota) 343p, 37/10-A, p 38 EHJ78-14911.
     Johnston, Karin Spencer. Pueblo Ritual: Theatre for a Nation. (PhD 1980 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) in vol 41/06-A, p. 3327, CAXBI-02383.
     Jones, Stephen Smith, Jr. Tales My Grandfather Told Me: A Collection of Santee Sioux Tales. (MA 1976, California State University - Fullerton) vol. 17/01 p 5 of Masters Abstracts. CAX13-11769.
     Kendall, Daythal Lee. A Syntatic Analysis of' Takelma Texts. (PhD 1977 University of Pennsylvania) 147p. 38/03-A p. 1360 EHJ77-19871.
     Karr, Barbara Ruth. An Oral Interpretation Program of Selected Navajo Literature. (MS 1974 North Texas State University) 83p. 13102, p. 100 EHJ13-06977.
     Lah, Ronald L. Ethnoaesthetics of Northern Arapaho Indian Music. (PhD 1980 Northwestern University) 41/06-A p. 2671 GAX80-26847.
     McTaggart, Frederick Eugene. Mesquakie Stories: The Teachings of the Red Earth People. (PhD 1973. University of Iowa) 394p. 34/00-A, p. 5837 ECD74-07403.
     O'Brien, Linda Lee. Songs of the Face of the Earth: Ancestor Songs of the Tzutuhl Maya of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. (PhD 1975, University of California Los Angeles (284p, 36/07-A, p. 4098 ECD76-00838.
     Oliker, David William. Cultural Themes in Isleta Origin Myths: An Experiment With Fischer's Method of Structural Analysis of Folktales. (MA 1973 The American University) 161p. 11/04 p. 385 EHJ 13/94943.
     Paige, Harry Worthington. The Songs of the Teton Sioux. (PhD 1967 State University of New York at Albany) 270p. 28/11-A, v. 4607 ECD68-05272.
     Preston, Richard Joseph. Cree Narration: An Expression of the Personal Meanings of Events. (PhD 1971, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 295p, 32/12-B P. 6798 ECD72-18443.
     Ransom, Velez H. Transitions Between Traditional and Modern Life as Shown Through Alaskan Northwest Arctic Folklore and Legends. (PhD 1980 United States International University) in Vol. 41/03-A GAX80-19768.
     Reyman, Jonathan Eric. Mexican Influence on Southwestern Ceremonialism. (PhD 1971, Southern Illinois University) 371p. 32/09-B, p 4995 ECD72-10289.
     Reynolds, Wynn Robert. Persuasive Speaking of the Iroquois Indiana at Treaty Councils: 1678-1776. A Study of Techniques as Evidenced in the Official Transcripts of the Interpreters' Translations. (PhD 1957, Columbia University) 426p. 17/07, p. 1624 ECD00-21649.
     Schutz, Noel William, Jr. The Study of Shawnee Myth in an Ethnographic and Perspective. (PhD 1975, Indiana University) 36/05-A, p. 2946 ECD75-23504.
     Selden, Sherman Ward. The Legend, Myth and Code of Deganaweda and Their Significance to Iroquois Cultural History. (PhD 1966, Indiana University) 247p, 28/01-A, p. 165 ECD66-14884.
     Snyder, Sally. Skagit Society and Its Existential Basis: An Ethnofolkloristic Reconstruction. (PhD 1966, Indiana University) 247p, 28109, p.4906 ECD65-01905.
     Spruance, Preston Lea. Navajo Origin Myth Versions: An Analysis of Differences in Motif Content. (MA 1974, United States International University) 105p. 12/03, p. 321 EHJ13-05707.
     Tedlock, Dennis Ernest. The Ethnography of Tale-Telling. (PhD 1968, Tulane University) 348p, 29105-B, p. 1546 ECD66-15272.
     Thomas, Darlene Kay. Time Concept in North-American Indian Mythology. (PhD 1972 University of Colorado) 361 p. 33/08-B, p. 3438 ECD73-01835.
     Turpin, Thomas Jerry. The Cheyenne World View as Reflected in the Stories of Their Culture Heroes, Erect Horns and Sweet Medicine. (PhD 1975 University of Southern California) 228 p. 36/03-A p. 1170 ECD75-19042.
     Variakojis, Danguole Juarate. Concepts of Secular and Sacred Among the White Mountain Apache as Illustrated by Musical Practice. (PhD 1969, Indiana University) 217 p, 30-04-B, p. 1474 ECD69-12853.
     Walens, Stanley Gerald. Metaphor and Morality In Nineteenth-Century Kwakiutl Culture. (PhD 1977 Northwestern University) 235 p. 38/11-A, p. 6808, ERJ78- 05338.
     Andrew O.Wiget. The Oral Literature of Native North America: A Critical Anthology. 2 vols. (PhD 1977, University of Utah.) 657 P. 38104-A, p.2131.