The Mythology of the Wichita

The Mythology of the Wichita

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The Mythology of the Wichita

The Mythology of the Wichita

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This collection of Wichita myths is largely the result of investigations begun in 1903, under a grant from the Carnegie Institution of Washington. In 1900 I began work of this nature for the Field Columbian Museum, and continued it interruptedly for three years. Throughout the three years I used as interpreter Burgess Hunt, a welleducated Wichita of full blood. For assistance in the final arrangement of the myths, and especially for a large part of the information embodied in the introduction, I am indebted to the well-known chief of the Wichita Towakoni Jim. To his great knowledge, always freely given, and for his unfailing kindness it is a pleasure to acknowledge my indebtedness.

Inasmuch as the present work forms but a part of my investigations among the tribes of the Caddoan stock, I have deferred until a later publication references to tales of a similar nature of other tribes, while in the "Introduction" I have confined myself to such matter as would assist in understanding the references made in the tales to the customs and beliefs of the Wichita. The music accompanying certain myths has been transcribed by Mr. Frederic R. Burton, who is also responsible for the comments made on the songs.

GEORGE A. DORSEY.

FIELD COLUMBIAN MUSEUM, CHICAGO, October I, 1904.

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