Through the liberality of Mr. Homer E. Sargent of Chicago, Mr. James A. Teit has been enabled to carry on his investigations of the Salish tribes of the interior. During the past ten years he has conducted researches on the distribution of tribes and dialects and on their customs and tales. The following collection of traditions was made in connection with these researches. A collection of Lillooet tales made by Mr. Teit, and published in the "Journal of American Folk-Lore," was also made possible by the liberality of Mr. Sargent.
The following publications by Mr. Teit deal with the folk-lore and mythology of the Salish tribes of the interior: -
Traditions of the Thompson River Indians (Memoirs of the American Folk-Lore Society, Vol. VI).
Mythology of the Thompson Indians (Publications of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, Vol. VIII).
European Tales from the Upper Thompson Indians (Journal of American Folk-Lore, Vol. XXIX, pp. 301-329).
Traditions of the Lillooet Indians of British Columbia (Ibid., Vol.
XXV, pp. 287-371).
The Shuswap (Publications of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, Vol. II).
I have added a few tales collected by me in 1888, and also a collection of tales made by Miss Marian K. Gould among the Okanagon and Sanpoil. Miss Gould had the kindness to place these tales, the first that she collected, at my disposal, and it seemed best to embody them with Mr. Teit's extensive collection of Salishan tales. The book also contains Sahaptin tales collected in 1902 by Livingston Farrand, and others collected by Herbert J. Spindcn in 1907. Most of the comparative notes have been added by me.