Part 1 - Art as a revelation. Paleolithic rock paintings. The second art: rock sculpture. The mythic and mystical modes of religious art. Part 2 - Mythologies of the great hunt. The great West-to-East dispersal. The migration of X-ray style art. Myths of the Australian "dream time". Circumpolar cults of the Master Bear. The bear sacrifice. Shamanic lore of Siberia and the Americas. The Siberians. Myths and tales of the North Pacific and Arctic. Folktales of the Maritime and Reindeer Koryak. Eskimo tales. Four Raven episodes from the American North Pacific Coast. The first Kwakiutl totem pole. The great Kwakiutl shaman named Fool. Part 3 - North American twilight of the paleolithic great hunt. The idea and ideas of God. Mythologies of the North Pacific Coast. Landscape and culture. Cosmology. The mythological trickster. The Woodland Indians. The Iroquois and Algonquians. The Muskogean Creek. Prehistoric societies in the American Midwest. The Rocky Mountain medicine wheels. The Plains Indians. The sun dance. The Mandan Okipa Festival. The ghost dance. Myths and tales of the Northern Plains. Three Blackfoot medicine legends. Two creation myths. Trickster tales. Mythologies of the North American Southwest. The Emergence. Where the two came to their father. Not man apart. Cultural geography. At the uttermost part of the earth. Myths of the Selk'nam of Tierra del Fuego. Myths of the Yamana of Tierra del Fuego.
'...follows the movement of our earliest hunting and gathering ancestors from isolated tribal clans into a unified cultural matrix that spread across the great plains of the globe. In the artifacts that have survived from this epoch of the Great Hunt, Campbell everywhere sees evidence of people deeply involved in the maintenance of a beneficent relationship with one or another totemic Animal Master.''