Journal of American Folklore 120 (2007) stated and are presented without supporting evidence, such as his assertion that Santería is "visible everywhere in Cuba" (p. 35) and prevalent "all over the New World" (p. 177). Wedel concludes that Santería is a valuable alternative that can teach something to standard medicine, but he seems unaware of the complementary and alternative medicine movement. The fieldwork that takes us into the homes and minds of the Cubans is rich and evocative, and much of the observation and analysis is carefully done. The book is, however, occasionally repetitive and almost always sympathetic to its subject. Nevertheless, overall it is an interesting and useful contribution. Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park. By Paul Schullery and Lee Whittlesey. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. Pp. xv + 125, appendix, notes, index.) Robert E. Walls University of South Carolina This book explains how a popular but fictional story about wilderness preservation in America's Gilded Age has had a profound impact on the national environmental movement. The story, about the founding of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, has become a de facto "creation myth," which the authors define--with little regard to folkloristic
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Apr 6, 2007
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