Folktales of the American Indians

Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale

By Gerald McDermott

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An adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men.

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Crow and Hawk: A Traditional Pueblo Indian Story

By Michael Rosen

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Hawk rescues an abandoned crow's nest, and when the baby birds hatch, Crow returns to claim her children but finds that they want to stay with the only mother they've ever known.

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Crow Chief: A Plains Indian Story

By Paul Goble

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Crow Chief always warns the buffalo that hunters are coming, until Falling Star, a savior, comes to camp, tricks Crow Chief, and teaches him that all must share and live like relatives together.

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Frog Girl

By Paul Owen Lewis

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When the frogs suddenly vanish from the lake behind her village, a young Native American girl is led to the frog village underneath the lake and learns what she must do to save both the frogs and her own people.

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Full Moon Stories: Thirteen Native American Legends

By Eagle Walking Turtle

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Grandpa Iron tells thirteen stories, one for each full moon of the year, that convey some of the traditions and beliefs of Native Americans, particularly his Arapaho people.

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Iktomi and the Buzzard: A Plains Indian Story

By Paul Goble

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Iktomi the trickster tries to fool a buzzard into carrying him across the river on the buzzard's back.

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Iktomi and the Ducks: A Plains Indian Story

By Paul Goble

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After outwitting some ducks, Iktomi, the Indian trickster, is outwitted by Coyote.

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Iktomi Loses His Eyes: A Plains Indian Story

By Paul Goble

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Iktomi the trickster has trouble after losing his eyes (temporarily!) when he greedily misuses a magical trick.

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Love Flute

By Paul Goble

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A gift to a shy young man from the birds and animals helps him to express his love to a beautiful girl.

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Ma'ii and Cousin Horned Toad: A Traditional Navajo Story

By Shonto Begay

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A lazy, conniving coyote takes advantage of all his animal cousins until a horned toad teaches him a lesson he never forgets.

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