The Ofo, or Mosopelea, were a Native American Siouan speaking tribe who after the 1600s settled in central Louisiana, where they assimilated with the Biloxi and Tunica peoples. The Ofo, or Mosopelea, are now extinct as a tribe. The Biloxi, were finally recognized as a tribe by the US government in 1981. Their language is sadly now extinct.
The beauty of this book lies not only in the preservation of two long lost Native American languages but in the beauty of the stories. These were passed down from generation to generation and I encourage you to look at the Table of Contents to see the lore, myths, told by the people. They are beautiful. The Rabbit and the Old Woman explains why : "that because of what the Ancient of Rabbits did ...that ordinary rabbits now cry out and run off, making pattering sounds with their feet, when they see human beings". There are 31 different stories, all of them explaining why things in nature are the way they are; why the Redbird is not red all over; why a fox is so delighted that he turns somersaults when he sees a person stepping in his (the fox's dung); why,therefore since that time, there have been "squealer' ducks and minnows.
All of these stories are in the Biloxi language with a faithful English translation. There is an Introduction, Historical Sketches of the Biloxi and Ofo, Texts in the Taneks, Ade, or Biloxi language (these are the stories), Biloxi Phrases, Biloxi-english dictionary, an Index, and the Ofo-English Dictionary.
The book is in MINT condition with raised gilt lettering on the spine.