Plains Indian Mythology

by Alice Marriott and Carol Rachlin.Crowell,$7.95. This is not a formal anthropological study, but a collection of tales as the authors heard them from various Indian tellers. The stories range from serious creation myths to oral history to the Indian equivalent of a naughty joke, and most of them are both engaging and readily comprehensible. By comparison with European myth and folklore‚ they are also notably gentle, containing little violence or cruelty. This leads one to think, which may be precisely what the collectors had in mind. Illustrations.