Folklore of the Northwest Indians has long been the exclusive province of the collectors, restricted to anthropologists and linguistic journals or to monographs. From such sources Jarold Ramsey has chosen representative myths and tales of the Oregon Indians (Tillamook, Coos, Nez Perce, Klamath, Paiute), offering them to the general public as literature. . . . Folklorists everywhere . . . will find this a valuable collection.
The vivid imagination, robust humor, and profound sense of place of the Indians of Oregon are revealed in this anthology, which gathers together hitherto scattered and often inaccessible legends originally transcribed and translated by scholars such as Archie Phinney, Melville Jacobs, and Franz Boas.