A Red Woman Was Crying:

Don Mitchell

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A Red Woman was Crying includes seven stories (regular font) and seven Nagovisi myths (italicized).

 

The first six stories (set in 1969-70) are narrated by Nagovisi, and the last one (“Crocodile,” set in 2003) is in the anthropologist’s voice.

 

The Nagovisi myths were recorded in the field and transcribed with minimal editing. In some cases they bear directly on one or more stories.

Preface

 

A Red Woman was Crying

 

Namesakes

 

Crocodile Kills His Father

 

I’m Going to Sovele  (audio)

 

Dangerous Words

 

Fireflies Killed Her  (audio)

 

How Women Got Their Decorations (audio)

 

Dog Fights  (audio)

 

Manape’s Short Snake  (audio)

 

I Don’t Kill People Anymore  (audio)

 

Born in a Stone

 

My White Man (audio)

 

Tricking Poreu

 

Crocodile (video of an much earlier version)

 

Acknowledgments

 

Exploring Nagovisi

 

Glossary

 

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