Let's Talk about It

Let's Talk About It

 Our next meeting will be Monday, February 5th at 1:00 pm with soup and a discussion led by scholar Tim Thornes.  Lunch is served at 12:30 pm.

 

Our next book in the "Biographies/Autobiographies" series is "Myths of the Idaho Indians" written by Deward E. Walker Jr.  You can check out the book at the library.

 

Summary:

 

"Myths of the Idaho Indians" is a collection, in prose and narrative form, of stories of the Kutenai, the Kalispel, the Coeur d' Alene, the Nez Perce, the Shoshone, and the Northern Paiute.  These stories were orginally gathered by ethnologists, anthropologists, and historians and include myths of creation, of coyote tricksters, of birth and death, and of justice.  They suggest the rich spiritual and aesthetic life of the tribes.


Scholar:

 

Dr. Tim Thornes is a professor of linguistics at Boise State University.  His specialty includes the diverse indigenous languages of the region, but his main focus has been on the Northern Paiute.  He has written the only comprehensive grammar of the language and continues to document oral histories in the form of traditional stories, autobiographies, and othe speech forms as part of the complete record of this endangered language.  He consults with area tribes on language preservation efforts.


Come join us and enjoy the warmth and great
conversation each book stimulates in us.