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By Theodora Kroeber Karl Kroeber | Comments: ( 499 ) | Date: ( Oct 14, 2019 )

Nine tales, selected and retold here by anthropologist and author Theodora Kroeber for the adult general interest reader The new foreword by her son Karl Kroeber, provides context about the author s methods and describes his own personal connection to the stories themselves.


  • Title: The Inland Whale: Nine Stories Retold from California Indian Legends
  • Author: Theodora Kroeber Karl Kroeber
  • ISBN: 9780520006768
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Theodora Kroeber Karl Kroeber

Theodora Kracaw Kroeber Quinn was a writer and anthropologist, best known for her accounts of Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe of California, and for her retelling of traditional narratives from several Native Californian cultures.



Comments The Inland Whale: Nine Stories Retold from California Indian Legends

  • Rita

    Amazing book. So glad Rosemary shared it with me.1959. Forward by Oliver La Farge.What a perceptive and culturally sensitive person Kroeber is! The stories were easy to read, even though some of the behavior and thinking seemed foreign [as one would expect]. I can hardly imagine better retellings of the stories than Kroeber has created, and she succeeded admirably in her goals as she stated them:"The plots and persons are the stories' own, but in my retelling the focus of interest changes.We are [...]


  • Ilya

    This book retells nine legends of California Indians, and gives endnotes as large as the text of the legends themselves. The composers of the legends had no agriculture; however, the Yurok of lower Klamath River valley had social stratification, money in the form of seashells, and even slavery (in the first legend, the hero's low-born father offers to be his high-born mother's father's slave). My favorite is a variant of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice told by the Yokuts and Western Mono peopl [...]


  • Beth

    Absolutely engaging. Nine stories, each different and each powerful, from nine of the 21 different nations (and language groups) who once inhabited California.The introduction (by Oliver La Farge) shouts prejudice against Native Americans as he condescendingly writes: "The literary value of a great deal of primitive literature, whether myths or tales, is nil." (He even italicized the word 'nil' as if we might not get his point.) And if that isn't enough, he goes on to say: "In my limited experie [...]


  • Sarah Koz

    First read on a long, dark, windy train ride, out of the city, into leaves and amber lanterns and lake spreading across the horizon. Now that area is infused with this book. The tragic madness of the sister who loved too much, the butterflies, the magnanimous whale, the boat trip between worlds…images flit back to me any time I'm at that place, or even on the train. Did not realize initially how much this book seeped into me. But it washes up again and again.A hint at Ursula K. Le Guin's influ [...]


  • Mike S

    I liked the book in general, there are some very interesting stories that give us a good look at the culture, and the verbal tradition of the Western American Indians. I wouldn't have included all of the stories that were picked, but in general the book accomplished what it set out to do.


  • Jessica

    I don't enjoy short stories collections very much, but I love reading folklore and myth. These were stories I'd never heard and they were well told. Quick read.


  • Tony Derricott

    Recommended by Susan Aylworth (wife of MormonTimes columnist Roger H. Aylworth)


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