The first-ever collection of Anniiih/Gros Ventre narratives to be published in the Aaniiih/Gros Ventre language, this book contains traditional trickster tales and war stories. Some of these stories were collected by Alfred Kroeber in 1901, while others are contemporary, oral stories, told in the past few years.
As with the previous titles in the First Nations Language Readers series, Aaniiih/Gros Ventre stories comes with a complete glossary and provides some grammar usage. Delightfully illustrated, each story is accompanied by an introduction to guide the reader through the material.
The Aaniiih/Gros Ventre people lived in the Saskatchewan area in the 1700s, before being driven south during the 1800s to the Milk River area in Montana, along the USA/Canada border.
Introduction: Aaniiih/Gros Ventre Oral Narrative—ix
Introduction: Aaniiih/Gros Ventre Stories
1. Stealing Horses from the Piegans—3
2. The Aaniiih Try to Steal Horses from the Sioux—6
3. Trickster Gets a New Wife—15
4. Trickster and the Mice’s Sun Dance—18
5. Trickster Throws His Eyes—27
6. Trickster and the Ducks—31
7.Trickster and the Coyote—35
8. Trickster and the Entrails—41
9. Chief Mountain’s Medicine—46
Aaniiih/Gros Ventre-English Glossary—59