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The Man Who Married the Moon and Other Pueblo Indian Folk-Stories

The Man Who Married the Moon and Other Pueblo Indian Folk-Stories by Charles F. Lummis
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The Man Who Married the Moon is a collection of Pueblo Indian Folk-Stories by Charles F. Lummis, a renowned southwestern author, librarian, historian and archeologist. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Lummis moved to New Mexico because of his lung disease. He lived for five years in the quaint village of Isleta, in an Indian house, with Indian neighbors and under the Indian laws.

Located in the southernmost part of the Pueblos, Isleta is the chief city of the Tee-wahn tribe (spelled Tigua by Spanish authors). An unhappy home is almost unknown among them, with extraordinary universal affection of parents for children and respect of children for parents. Their amusements are many and varied with dances and races, which called for great skill and endurance.

However, with all this explained, Lummis finds the Tee-wahn are generally most like overgrown children with their secret inner religion one of the most complicated systems on earth. They do nothing without some reason, and whatever they observe they can explain in their own superstitious way. Every custom and belief has a reason, and for each they have a story.

Lummis’s interest was not only in the folk-stories themselves, but also in the manner of handing them down. Stories that have been handed down from generation to generation. His hopes when he wrote them were to not only tell the stories, but to preserve the amusements, the history, the beliefs, the customs and the laws of this nation.

Digital Scanning, Inc.; February 2001
250 pages; ISBN 9781582182681
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Title: The Man Who Married the Moon and Other Pueblo Indian Folk-Stories
Author: Charles F. Lummis