By Barre Toelken

After a profession operating and residing with American Indians and learning their traditions, Barre Toelken has written this sweeping research of local American folklore within the West. inside a framework of functionality idea, cultural worldview, and collaborative study, he examines local American visible arts, dance, oral culture (story and song), humor, and styles of considering and discovery to illustrate what might be gleaned from Indian traditions by way of Natives and non-Natives alike. within the approach he considers renowned distortions of Indian ideals, demystifies many traditions via displaying how they are often comprehended inside their cultural contexts, considers why a few facets of local American lifestyles aren't intended to be understood by way of or shared with outsiders, and emphasizes how a lot might be realized via sensitivity to and information of cultural values.

Winner of the 2004 Chicago Folklore Prize, The discomfort of Snails is a vital paintings for the gathering of any severe reader in folklore or local American studies.

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