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The first edition included several Nagovisi myths that I transcribed in the field.

As it turned out, this confused some readers, who concluded that because the myths were "real" (meaning spoken into my recorder by actual Nagovisi) so too were the stories, which nothing more than accounts my life as a fieldworker.

At one point, an anthropologist publicly wondered whether the stories were "transcribed field notes."

They certainly are not.

 

Here are links to the myths and folktales.

 

A Red Woman Was Crying

Crocodile Kills His Father

Dangerous Words

How Women Got Their Decorations

Manape's Short Snake

Born in a Stone

Tricking Poreu

 

 

 

 

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