New York: Dodd, Mead And Company, 1895. First American Edition. Cloth. Decorated green cloth with black lettering on the spine, 12mo., 201 pp., frontispiece + fifteen illustrations throughout the text. Decorated title page. -- Lettering on spine somewhat dulled. -- Extremely nice condition for a book that was published using very poor paper. Very good. Item #8903
"American Indian Fairy Tales is a collection compiled for children and young adults. Originally published under the title "Snow Bird and the Water Tiger and other American Indian Tales", this volume includes 17 stories of magical feathers, fighting hares, an island of skeletons, great wizards, and bended rocks. A description of the Iagoo, the teller of the stories contained in this book, also waits within. The author, Margaret Compton, drew on authentic lore and anthropological research from a wide variety of sources, including the Smithsonian Institute and US government reports. Markedly, she retains some of the most colourful story elements, such as grotesque monsters and cross-dressing characters, which some other authors and publishers of her day (and possibly ours) might have omitted. She further maintained the authenticity of the works by sprinkling throughout stereotypical language references of the time, including "squaw," "papoose," and "wigwam." American Indian Fairytales also provides an interesting window into the attitudes of the past."-az.