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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Vi Hilbert, a Skagit Indian of the Northern Lushootseed of Western Washington, has collected and edited thirty-three fine examples of Salish oral literature. As an instructor in Lushootseed Salish language and literature at the University of Washington, she has had excellent opportunities to collect material and work out a presentational form in English. This volume collects stories from the Myth Age with special emphasis on Raven, Mink and Coyote stories. These stories, largely "light and humorous," explore the actions of beings with human and animal characteristics who existed before the world was transformed into the world we see today. Hilbert stresses the way in which the stories teach the important values of her culture through negative demonstration.
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