24: KIOWA UR DOIN IT RONG.
Palmer's smart in how he approaches telling the audience about Kiowa tales - he records memories of storytelling sessions instead of the stories themselves, so we get a taste of how Kiowa storytelling goes. Like Kiowa tales themselves, though, the thread of the book does double back on itself a good deal and therefore, as an academic work, does seem a bit repetitive at times. I also have to say that Palmer and his friends seemed narrowminded and petty at times: they'll spend copious amounts of page space denouncing, say, an old Kiowa leader who got a bridge named after him (he was part Mexican and therefore an unsuitable candidate) or a Kiowa woman who tried to revive the Sun Dance (she shouldn't have done it because that's not a woman's place and anyway the medicine man she got to preside over the ceremony was Crow). They'll mock and complain, but they won't come up with any productive alternatives - maybe somebody will do something about reviving the Sun Dance someday, we dunno, but at least we stopped a woman from doing it! I'm still glad I read the book, despite its shortcomings, but I'd like to see another scholar take a crack at this area of study.