The READ Collection: Mythology/Legends/Folktales/Ghost Stories
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- Anpao, an American Indian Odyssey,
by Jamake Highwater. 1993.
mystical Native American legends
- Baba: A Return
to China Upon My Father's Shoulders , by Belle Yang. 1994.
a daughter tells her father's stories from his birth in Manchuria in
1928 through the Japanese occupation, Russian migration to Northeastern
China, and the Chinese civil war. It is a mixture of poetic mythology
- Backbone of the
King: The Story of Pakaa and His Son Ku, by Marcia Brown.
chants are also used in this legend telling how an exiled father is
reinstated to his position of royal attendant to the king
Bird Who Cleans the World and Other Mayan Fables, told by
Victor Montejo. 1991.
a collection of Jakaltek Mayan folktales of creation, nature, and
ethnic conflicts in relationships
- Chinese Fairy
Tales, illustrated by Jeanyee Wong. 1946, 1961.
twelve classic tales are accompanied by beautiful artwork
- A Collection of Stories About Hawaii,
by Gordon Morse. c1996.
the author, a former photographer and reporter for the Honolulu
Advertiser, lives in Volcano and wrote these 11 stories, many of which
take place near Kilauea Volcano
- The Demon King and Other Festival Folktales of
China, retold by Carolyn Han. 1995.
HawCC's own author has traveled extensively to China to collect
folktales of the minority people. She has retold these 4 about current
and traditional celebrations of festivals. The author's other title is Why
Snails Have Shells
- From the Mouth of
the Monster Eel: Stories from Micronesia, by Bo Flood. 1991.
six creation tales are told, including how the first coconut arrived in
- The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, and
Other Classic Philippine Legends, as told by Maria Elena
Paterno and illustrated by Albert Gamos. 1993.
a collection of tales for young and old
- Glen Grant's
Chicken Skin Tales: 49
Favorite Ghost Stories From Hawaii, by Glen Grant.
- Haunted Hawaiian Nights, by Lopaka Kapanui. 2005.
A storyteller continues the legacy of Glen Grant by sharing ancient and modern tales.
- Hawaiian Fishing
Traditions, by Moke Manu and others. 1992.
this collection of stories "celebrates the great fishers of ancient
- Hawaiian Legends of
Old Honolulu, collected and translated from the Hawaiian by
William D. Westervelt. 1963, 1991.
- Hawaiian Legends of
Volcanoes, collected and translated from the Hawaiian by
William D. Westervelt. 1963, 1991.
- Hawaiian Tales of
Heroes and Champions, by Vivian L. Thompson. 1971.
12 stories of "supernatural kupuna"
- The Hawaiians, an
by Helen G. Pratt. c1963.
each chapter covers different aspects of Hawaiian culture; poetry and
legends are included in the Appendix
- Hilo Legends,
Francis Reed. 1987.
12 legends including how Hilo got named
- In the
Valley of the Ancients: a Book of Native American Legends, by
Lou Cuevas. .
legends and tales of the Southwest Indians
- Kauai Tales,
by Fredrick B.
a collection of 18 stories
Roving Chief, by Vivian L. Thompson. 1991.
adventures of a young Hawaiian chief from Kaua`i
- The Legend of Morgan’s Corner and Other Ghost Stories of Hawaii, by Lopaka Kapanui. 2006.
A group of tales that explores the darker side of Hawaii.
Magic Crocodile and Other Folktales from Indonesia, told by
Alice Terada. 1994.
a collection of 29 tales from 6 regions of Indonesia tell of creation,
etc. along with a description of each local culture
Island Legends: Myth and Magic, compiled by Bo Flood. 2001.
"a collection of stories, poems, and oral histories contributed by
people of all ages living in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern
- Marshall Islands Legends and Stories,
told by Tonke Aisea. 2003.
- Mexican Ghost Tales of the Southwest,
by Alfred Avila. 1994.
"a collection of stories that have been handed down from past
- Micronesian Legends, by Bo
- Na Moolelo Hawaii o
ka wa Kahiko-- Stories of Old Hawaii: a Literary Companion to the
Hawaiians of Old, by Roy Kakulu Alameida. 1997.
several Hawaiian legends are told to accompany Betty Dunford's book,
Hawaiians of Old
Moolelo o Laieikawai (The Hawaiian Romance of Laieikawai),
translated by Martha Beckwith. c1997.
the famous story includes adventures of the two lovers on the island of
- Nanaue the Shark
Man and Other Hawaiian Shark Stories, by Emma M. Nakuina and
8 stories, many from the Big Island
- Niihau: the
Traditions of a Hawaiian
Island, by Rerioterai and Moses K. Keale, Sr. c1989.
past and present ways of life; includes mele and legends
- Obake: Ghost
Stories in Hawaii,
by Glen Grant. 1994.
10 chicken skin ghostly tales that master storyteller Grant has
collected and combined from Hawaii's different cultures
- One Paddle, Two
Miriam Rappolt. 1993.
eleven contemporary, Hawaiian "spooky" stories such as carrying "pork
over the Pali"
- The Opal That Turned Into Fire,
by Janet Mathews. 1994.
a collection of stories based on the oral tradition of Aboriginals from
New South Wales, Australia
- Pacific Island Legends:
Tales from Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Australia,
by Bo Flood. c1999.
- Polihale and Other
Kauai Legends, by Frederick B. Wichman. 1991.
18 different folktales including "how the sands of Nohili began to
- The Pollen Path: A Collection of
Navajo Myths, retold by Margaret Schevill Link. 1956.
twelve tales based on chants recited from memory by a medicine man
- Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell and
"Themes and symbols reflecting many world religions and mythologies are
present in our daily lives"
- The Rainbow People,
by Laurence Yep. 1989.
a collection of Chinese folktales
- Recollections of
by Inez MacPhee Ashdown, 1979
legends are interwoven with the author's story of her experiences at
the beginning of the nineteenth century
- Tales from Within the Clouds: Nakhi Stories of
China, retold by Carolyn Han. 1997.
Hawaii Community College's
own reading teacher tells these folktales that are from the Nakhi
minority people. All of the main characters --plants and animals-- are
female and have delightful lessons to share
- Tales of Molokai,
narrated by Harriet Ne. 1992.
collection of traditional and contemporary legends of Molokai
- Tales of the
compiled by Mary Kawena Pukui, retold by Caroline Curtis. 1985.
many tales of Hawaii's little people from Maui and the other islands
were gathered by Mary Pukui who was born in Ka'u on the Big Island in
- Teller of Hawaiian
Tales, by Eric A. Knudsen. 1946.
these "stories of gods and goddesses, ghosts and heroes, cowboys..."
were originally told on the radio
- This is My Word
(Ngay Janijirr Ngank), by Magdalene Williams. 1999.
stories about the culture and lives of the Nyulnyul people, Aboriginal
Australians in the Beagle Bay area, are told by an older woman who
learned from her elders
- Under the Starfruit Tree: Folktales from Vietnam,
as told by Alice M. Terada. 1989.
27 tales from North and South Vietnam
- Voices on the Wind:
and Chants, by Katherine Luomala. 1986.
by Herbert Kawainui Kane. 1991.
art and stories depicting Hawaii's first inhabitants from Polynesia
- Voyaging Chiefs of
by Teuira Henry and others and edited by Dennis Kawaharada. c1995.
folklore of Polynesian and Hawaiian migrations by canoe
in the Ring of Fire: Folktales from the Asia-Pacific, edited
by Carla M. Pacis. 1996.
a compilation of tales, including some from the Philippines
Snails Have Shells: Minority and Han Folktales From China, by
Carolyn Han. 1993.
HawCC's own lecturer traveled to China and collected these 20 tales
from groups such as the Mongol, Tibetan, Miao, Yao, and Han people;
beautifully illustrated. Her other titles are The Demon King
and Other Festival Folktales of China and Tales
from Within the Clouds: Nakhi Stories of China
the pina has a hundred eyes, and other classic Philippine folk tales
about fruits, told by Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz. 1993.
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