Haboo: Native American Stories from Puget Sound, 2nd Edition - Translated and edited by Vi Hilbert
Haboo: Native American Stories from Puget Sound, 2nd Edition
Translated and edited by Vi Hilbert
Published by University of Washington Press, Seattle
The stories and legends of the Lushootseed-speaking people of Puget Sound represent an important part of the oral tradition by which one generation hands down beliefs, values, and customs to another. Upper Skagit tribal elder Vi Hilbert grew up when many of the old social patterns survived and everyone spoke the ancestral language.
Haboo, Hilbert's collection of thirty-three stories, features tales mostly set in the Myth Age, before the world transformed. Animals, plants, trees, and even rocks had human attributes. Prominent characters like Wolf, Salmon, and Changer and tricksters like Mink, Raven, and Coyote populate humorous, earthy stories that reflect the foibles of human nature, convey serious moral instruction, and comically detail the unfortunate, even disastrous consequences of breaking taboos.
Beautifully redesigned, with the original drawings by Ron Hilbert/Coy and a new foreword by Jill La Pointe, Haboo offers a vivid and invaluable resource for linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, future generations of Lushootseed-speaking people, and others interested in Native languages and cultures.
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