The potential for children's literature inherent in the Indian legends is most fully realized by Christie Harris on Once Upon a Totem…. Other collections may have more charm, or a more fluid style, but the legends chosen by Harris and her interpretation of them are outstanding in that they seek quietly to illuminate universal values. The stories are very much a part of early Indian life and very much a part of today.
The book contains five legends relating to the Indians of the North Pacific Coast, a people unusually rich in myth and legend. (pp. 24-5)
Harris does not interpret the intricate character of the trickster-hero Raven but is concerned to present a group of...
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