Greg Sarris

How a Mountain Was Made

Inspired by Native American creation tales, these sixteen interconnected stories tell the origin of California’s Sonoma Mountain.
In the tradition of Calvino’s Italian Folktales, Greg Sarris, author of the award-winning novel Grand Avenue, turns his attention to his ancestral homeland of Sonoma Mountain in Northern California. In sixteen interconnected original stories, the twin crows Question Woman and Answer Woman take us through a world unlike yet oddly reminiscent of our own: one which blooms bright with poppies, lupines, and clover; one in which Water Bug kidnaps an entire creek; in which songs have the power to enchant; in which Rain is a beautiful woman who keeps people’s memories in stones. Inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales, these stories are timeless in their wisdom and beauty, and because of this timelessness their messages are vital and immediate. The figures in these stories ponder the meaning of leadership, of their place within the landscape and their community. In these stories we find a model for how we can all come home again. At once timeless and contemporary, How a Mountain Was Made is equally at home in modern letters as the ancient story cycle. Sarris infuses his stories with a prose stylist’s creativity and inventiveness, moving American Indian literature in an emergent direction.
This edition features a reader’s guide that provides thoughtful jumping-off points for discussion.
Praise for How a Mountain Was Made
“These are charming and wise stories, simply told, to be enjoyed by young and old alike—stories need us if they are to come forth and have life too.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Stunning. . . . Neither an arid anthropological text nor another pseudo-Indian as-told-to fabrication. Instead, Sarris has breathed new life into these ancient Northern California tales and legends, lending them a subtle, light-hearted voice and vision.” —Scott Lankford, Los Angeles Review of Books</DESC>
indigenous fiction;native american fiction;indigenous;native american;short stories;short fiction;folk tales;legends;mythology;myth;creation stories;nature;environment;place;sonoma mountain;california
FIC059000 FICTION / Indigenous
FIC029000 FICTION / Short Stories
FIC010000 FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
FIC077000 FICTION / Nature & the Environment
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