Vergil. Aeneid, translated by John Dryden

Today's free book is The Aeneid by Vergil, translated into English verse by John Dryden.

The book is also available at: GutenbergSacred TextsHathi, and Google Books, with a free audiobook at LibriVox. Amazon has a free Kindle ebook.



Here is how the poem begins:

Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc'd by fate,
And haughty Juno's unrelenting hate,
Expell'd and exil'd, left the Trojan shore.
Long labors, both by sea and land, he bore,
And in the doubtful war, before he won
The Latian realm, and built the destin'd town;
His banish'd gods restor'd to rites divine,
And settled sure succession in his line,
From whence the race of Alban fathers come,
And the long glories of majestic Rome.

Johnson. Indian legends of the Cuyamaca Mountains

Today's free book is Indian legends of the Cuyamaca Mountains by Mary Elizabeth Johnson (1914). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).


Table of Contents

Pine Tree
Hanging Head
Water Colder Water
Disease Cure
Phantom Basket
Big House
No Eyes in Water
Old Woman s Twins
Old Woman s Whip
Song Dance
Red Paint

Jacobs. Northwest Sahaptin texts

Today's free book is Northwest Sahaptin texts by Melville Jacobs (1934). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).



Table of Contents

Klikitat Myths 
1. The animals argue about the length of day and night
2. The hunter obtains a deer hunting power
3. The girl carried off and made pregnant by elk
4. The animals determine who will be elk
5. Timber Rabbit secures gambling power and avenges himself 
6. Flea. He is a cannibal 
7. The deer are made to be dangerous beings no longer 
8. Mountain goat and buffalo contend. Mountain goats steal prairie goat garments 
9. Wolf kills cannibal bumble bees 
10. Mountain Goats give mountain footwear to Deer 
11. Eagle travels with mischievous weasel 
12. Wild Cat kills his lewd grandmother, is pursued by Grizzly woman, almost rescued by Mice, then killed 
13. Ugly Wild Cat trickily marries the chief's daughter, becomes handsome, saves starving people 
14. The Dogs make warmer weather 
15. The Dogs make warmer weather (second version) 
16. His daughter makes Sun forego human food 
17. Moon transformer teaches domestic crafts and kills dangerous beings 
18. Skunk loses his musk sac 
19. Flying squirrel. He devours persons camping overnight 
20. Bear woman kills Grizzly woman's daughter 
21. Wolves kill the fish. Chinook salmon is avenger 
22. Coyote tricks and eats his brother, Deer 
23. Coyote prays for food; he visits the land of the dead 
24. Coyote kills his deer power, Tick, and his own wife
25. Coyote kills his deer power, Tick, and his own wife (second version); Cloud tells news about him; he tries to shoot the moon 
26. Coyote cuts foods out of a child 
27. Coyote cuts foods out of a child (second version) 
28. Coyote and Eagle part. Coyote kills the swallowing monster and a Soft Basket Person, is speared by the one armed man, kills two dangerous dogs; he secures a powerful cane and knife 
29. Coyote devises fishing methods; he chops trees 
30. Wild Cat plays tricks on Coyote 
31. Grizzly goes mad. Coyote adopts Eagle, tricks him and takes his wives, releases salmon, is duped by and dupes Wolves 
32. Coyote is duped by and dupes Wolves (second version) 
33. Coyote defeats Wood Rat 
34. Coyote kills dangerous dogs (second version); he and Fox lose a race to a girl 
35. Skunk pretends dying and with Coyote tricks and kills animals 
36. Coyote tosses up his eyes 

Cowlitz and upper Cowlitz Myths
1. Coyote pretends to doctor a girl 
2. Coyote tricks Eagle and takes his wives; he releases salmon 
3. Rock and Boil 
4. Coon fools Coyote. Coyote deceives and eats Coon, fights feces, is sealed in rock, tosses up his eyes, retrieves them 
5. Coyote kills the Drumstick cannibal 
6. In races Coyote loses, Fox wins 
7. Cougar decapitates stick swallower, skull pursues. Wild Cat steals fire, Cougar fights avengers. He cuts Mink from a fish; Mink makes rain, gets food from wells; they escape Grizzly's father 
8. The burning of the Soft Basket People 
9. Hwilpi'us kills his sons, one survives to kill him 
10. Vulva outraces Penis 

Cowlitz and Upper Cowlitz Myths
1. "The person who sucks in." Coyote's adventures with the River Swallower, Intestines entangler, Bark binder, air sucker, rock batterer, and buffaloes 
2. Cougar decapitates stick swallower, skull pursues. Wild Cat steals fire, Cougar fights avengers. He cuts Mink from a fish, Mink gets food from wells; they escape grizzly's father 
3. Coyote loses his milt daughters. They steal Moon baby; Moon becomes transformer 
4. Cloud takes Cougar's wife; Wild Cat and Cougar boy pursue, kill Cloud and his sisters, revive Cougar, who returns with his wife. His daughter becomes Little Cloud 
5. Animals and birds ascend by arrow chain to sky; there Beaver steals the fire 
6. Coyote pretends to die, returns to cohabit with his daughters 
7. Coyote traps but releases the north west wind 
8. Gluttonous Spear Boy pursues his sister, is sent home by River Man, escapes the pecking woman 
9. Blue Jay's canoe is carried away, he lands on slippery ice, survives the cold and smoky house, the hot sweathouse, defeats the girl plunger, is shot, wins at pole climbing, passes beneath the rock shutter 
10. Grizzly woman kills Bear woman; Bear's daughters kill Grizzly's; Grizzly pursues; Bake-on-hot-rocks kills Bear girls; youngest Bear girl is lost with Testicle Ear Pendant people, is taken by Chinook Salmon man, he is killed by her husband and Meadow Lark 
11. Old man Raven carries a person to a far away land to find his wife 

Cowlitz Myths
1. Naha'ntci. His grandson and Coyote's sons steal the rainbow
2. In races Coyote loses, Fox wins
3. Flying squirrel. He devours overnight campers
4. Flea. He is a cannibal
5. Owl carries away and marries a girl

Upper Cowlitz Myths
1. Skunk pretends dying and with Coyote tricks and kills animals 
2. Coon kills Grizzly swallower, whips his lewd grandmother, the Ducks scold her 
3. Mink boy has a dead girl resuscitated, then turns into a dangerous being 
4. Grizzly woman and Bear woman soil their sister-in-law, are killed by Grizzly's husband, whose sister is killed by Urine Boy. Grizzly man marries Urine Boy's sister 
5. Coyote kills the Soft Basket Woman-with-vagina-dentata 
6. Coyote goes to the land of the dead to be with his children 
7. Coyote tricks Eagle and takes his wives, releases salmon, is duped by and dupes Wolves 
8. Skunk cohabits with Eagle's wife, pursues Eagle, loses his sac, slaughters insulters, is fooled by Frost 
9. Coyote borrows Break Wind's anus, tosses up his eyes, retrieves them, assaults old women, deceives a girl seeking power 

Two Kittitas Myths
1. Adventures of mischievous transformer Coyote 
2. Coon boy kills Grizzly swallower, he and his grandmother kill food swallower 

Part II. Tales and Miscellaneous Texts
A Cowlitz Story
Cowlitz Ethnologic Notes
Upper Cowlitz Geographic Notes
Upper Cowlitz Myth and Geographic Text

Tales of European Origin
1. The grateful dead boy and the monster's bride 
2. The grateful dead boy and the extraordinary companions 
3. The tests of the prospective son-in-law 
Reminiscences of Kittitas Life. Mrs. Dan Secena 

Jacobs. Clackamas Chinook myths and tales

Today's free book is The content and style of an oral literature: Clackamas Chinook myths and tales by Melville Jacobs (1959). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).



Table of Contents

I. Coyote and Skunk. He Tied His Musk Sac 
II. Badger and Coyote Were Neighbors 
III. Fire and His Son's Son 
IV. Grizzly and Black Bear Ran Away with the Two Girls 
V. Grizzly Woman Killed People 
VI. Flint and His Son's Son 
VII. Awl and Her Son's Son 
VIII. Idya'bix^aSfaS 

Insley. Indian folklore tales

Today's free book is Indian folklore tales by Bernice Insley (1952), with illustrations by Russell Insley. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).



Table of Contents

The Bee
The Deer and the Squirrel
The Scent of the Skunk
The Coyote and the Rattlesnake
The Hare and the Coyote
The Origin of the Heavenly Bodies
The Origin of Languages
Why the Chipmunk Wears a Black Stripe on His Back
The Pole Star
The Boy Rescued by a Bear
The Moose and the Catfish
How the Hunter Destroyed the Snow
Kaku'ene, the Jumper, and the Origin of
Tobacco
How the Echo Began
The First Fire
The Boy and the Chestnuts
Origin of the Horse
Coyote and Bluebird
The First Strawberries
How the World Was Made





Hoffman. The Menomini Indians

Today's free book is The Menomini Indians by Walter James Hoffman (1896). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Internet Archive (I have not checked for other online sources).


Table of Contents

There are appx. 50 pages of myths and folktales in the book:

The travels of Manabush
The origin of maple sugar and of menstruation
Manabush and the Bear
How the young Hunter caught the Sun
The Hunter and the Elk people, and how the Moose were defeated
The young man and the Bears
The Rabbit and the Saw-whet
Manabush and the Birds
Kaku'fiue, the Jumper, and the origin of tobacco
The search for Manabush
The Moon
The Aurora borealis
Meteors
The Porcupine
The Raccoon
The Raccoon and the blind men
ShikiVko, the Skunk
The Catfish
The first meeting of the Menomiui and the whites
How the Hunter destroyed the Snow
The Bear and the Eagle
Miqkii'no, the Turtle
The Rabbit and the Panther
The Beaver Hunter and his sister
Nani Naioq'ta, the Ball Carrier
Origin of the word Chicago


Hawkes. The Labrador Eskimo

Today's free book is The Labrador Eskimo by E. W. Hawkes (1916). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).



Table of Contents

This book is about Labrador culture in general, with appx. 20 pages of stories:

The migration legend 
The Tunnit 
Tunnit houses 
Tunnit boots 
Interpretation of the evidence 
The last of the Tunnit 
Alasuq and the giant 
An Adlit tale 
The girl who lived among the Adlit 
Origin of man and the animals 
Origin of the winds and rain 
The heavenly regions 
The regions below 
The place where the caribou live 
How the trout was made 
The quarrel of the crow and the gull 
The girl who married a whale 
The story of the sun and moon 
The story of the fox-wife 
The son who killed his mother 
The orphan boy and the moon man 
The story of the lame hunter 
The thinking image 
Origin of the walrus and caribou 
The owl and the raven 
The origin of the sea-pigeons 
How the caribou lost their large eyes 


Hathaway. The League of the Iroquois

Today's free book is The League of the Iroquois and other legends from the Indian muse by Benjamin Hathaway (1880). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).


Table of Contents

The Fore-World
The Coming op Hayowent-ha
The Wondrous Deeds
Hayo-went-ha's Journeying
Song of Hayo-went-ha
Nyah-tah-wanta
The Wooing
Song of Nyah-tau-wanta
The Bridal
The After Days
The Council
Speech of Hayo went-ha
Hayo-went-ha's Mourning
The League
The Feast
Hayo-went-ha's Parting Words
Hayo-went-ha's Departure
The Broken Heart
The Better Land
Origin of the Seneca Nation
The Great Snake
The Battle
The Victory
The Shining Manito
The Flood
Origin of the Red Willow
The Bear-wife
Shin-ge-bis
Speech of Me-tey-a