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Some Coast Miwok Tales


The stories herein presented were recorded between December of 1931 and May of the next year, incidental to ethnographic field work among the Coast Miwok, in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, California. Some qualify as myths; most are animal stories. Some are short fragments; others are comparatively long, in some cases with the component incidents not well integrated. The collection is far from complete but is augmented to some extent by the Miwok tales published by Merriam (1910), among which are seven from the two Coast Miwok dialectic groups and one from the Lake Miwok. In addition, de Angulo and Freeland (1928) have published a number of tales from the Lake Miwok (and Pomo).

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