1910. The tales contained in this volume were told to Merriam by
the Indians of a single stock, the Mewan, the tribes of which are
confined to central California and have no known relatives in any
part of the world. The myths are related by the old people after
the first rains of the winter season, usually in the ceremonial
roundhouse and always at night by the dim light of a small
flickering fire. They constitute the religious history of the
tribe, and from time immemorial have been handed down by word of
mouth; from generation to generation they have been repeated,
without loss and without addition. Some of the tales contained in
this volume are: Why the Lizard Man did not restore Dead People to
Life; The Coyote and the Lizard; The Creation of Man; How they got
the Fire; The bear and the Fawns, as told by the Northern Mewuk;
Why the Bodega Bay Indians can not stand Cold; and many more.
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