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Some sources of variability in Klamath mythology
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Journal of American folklore
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Journal of American folklore
Boston ; New York: Published for the American Folk-lore
Society by Houghton, Mifflin, and Co.. 1956. 1-12, 135-146, 377-386 p.
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by Theodore Stern
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1998. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
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Personality traits (157);
Sociocultural trends (178);
Spirits and gods (776);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This three-part article is an examination of the principal
sources of variability in the elements, episodes, plots and characters of Klamath myths.
The author compares the myths recorded by the linguist, Albert S. Gatschet in 1877, with
those he himself recorded in the 1950s and discovers variations among them both within and
between the different periods. Traditionally, myths varied by setting: the multiple-family
winter lodge where complete epochs were recounted, women work groups where more ribald and
personally-spiced mythic episodes were exchanged, and children's bedtime where stories
served to inculcate moral standards. Changes due to acculturation have also altered the
cultural context in which myths found their meaning. For example, the more obscene and
repetitive elements of myths have been dropped. Stern attributes some differences to the
stylistic idiosyncracies of narrators based on their differences in sex, age and life
experiences. While narrators were held by the audience to certain standards, they were also
praised for their personal stylistic embellishments.
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Ian Skoggard ; 1996
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Klamath County, Oregon, United States
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