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Métraux, Alfred, 1902-1963
Myths and tales of the Matako Indians (the Gran Chaco,
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Gothenburg, Sweden: Walter Kaudern. 1939. 127 p.
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by Dr. Alfred Métraux
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1997. Computer File
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Literary texts (539);
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Métraux took down these tales and myths during an interval
in his field trip to study the Toba and Pilaga. His interviews were short and casual, and
mainly limited to two informants. He had frequent opportunities to ask questions about
matters touched upon in the tales. The tales are divided into groups concerning: the
universe, the destruction of the world, the trickster and his adventures, spirits, the
origin of women, fire and mythical characters, animals, and tales of European origin, or
with predominant European elements. There is a series of notes appended to the tales
relating to various aspects of the ethnography of the Matco as suggested by the tales. At
the time of his field work Métraux was an ethnologist on the staff of the Bernice P. Bishop
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Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1958
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