"Due to Anthony Wonderley’s efforts, we may now
glimpse a rich world of thought that had been lost. At the
Font of the Marvelous is a masterpiece."
—William Engelbrecht, author of Iroquoia: The Development of a Native World
The folktales and myths of the Iroquois and their Algonquian
neighbors rank among the most imaginatively rich and narratively
coherent traditions in North America. Mostly recorded around
1900, these oral narratives preserve the voice and something of
the outlook of autochthonous Americans from a bygone age, when
storytelling was an important facet of daily life. Inspired by these
wondrous tales, Anthony Wonderley explores their significance to
the Iroquois and Algonquian religion and worldview.
Grouping the stories around common themes and motifs,
Wonderley analyzes topics ranging from cannibal giants to cultural
heroes, and from legends of local places to myths of human origin.
Approached comparatively and historically, these stories can
enrich our understanding of archaeological remains, ethnic
boundaries, and past cultural interchanges among Iroquois and
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Anthony Wonderley is curator of the Oneida Community
Mansion House in Oneida, New York. His articles on Iroquois
archaeology, folklore, and history have appeared in American
Antiquity, Bulletin of the New York Archaeological Association,
Mohawk Valley History, New York History, Northeastern
Anthropology, and Ontario Archaeology. He is the author of
Oneida Iroquois Folklore, Myth, and History: New York Oral
Narrative from the Notes of H. E. Allen and Others, also published
by Syracuse University Press.
6 x 9, 224 pages, 7 black-and-white illustrations, 4 maps, notes, references, index