"This is a collection of stories from the Isleta Pueblo people of New Mexico. Charles Lummis [1859-1928] was a pioneering writer, photographer, amateur anthropologist and adventurer who, according to himself, invented the term 'The Southwest'. In 1884, Lummis took a hike from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, which he later chronicled in his best-selling book, A Tramp Across the Continent (1892). In 1885, he became city editor for the Los Angeles Times, and later covered the Apache wars in Arizona. In 1888, Lummis suffered a stroke. To convalesce, he moved to New Mexico, where he embedded himself in Pueblo culture and collected the stories in this book. This was originally published as The Man Who Married the Moon in 1894, and revised and enlarged as the present text in 1910. Lumis moved back to Los Angeles, where he made his home, El Alisal, and founded the Southwest Museum in 1914, at the foot of Mount Washington in East Los Angeles. He also helped restore the Spanish missions in California." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)
About the Author
"Charles Fletcher Lummis (born March 1, 1859 in Lynn, Massachusetts; died November 24, 1928, in Los Angeles, California) was a United States journalist and Indian activist; he is also acclaimed as a historian, photographer, poet and librarian.
Lummis lost his mother at age 2 and was homeschooled by his father, who was a schoolmaster. Lummis enrolled in Harvard and was a classmate of Theodore Roosevelt, but dropped out during his senior year. While at Harvard he worked summers as a printer and published his first work, Birch Bark Poems, a small volume of his works printed on paper thin sheets of birch bark, winning him acclaim from Life magazine and recognition from some of the day's leading poets. He sold the books by subscription and used the money to pay for school. His best poem from the work, "My Cigarette," highlighted one of his life's obsessions, tobacco, the other being women. Lummis married Dorothea Rhodes of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1880." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
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