Folktales of the American Indians

The Boy Who Lived with the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories

By Joseph Bruchac

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A collection of traditional Iroquois tales in which animals learn about the importance of caring and responsibility and the dangers of selfishness and pride.

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The Dancing Fox: Arctic Folktales

By John Bierhorst (Editor)

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Eighteen Inuit folktales from an ancient oral tradition filled with magic and animals who can become people.
Includes notes on the Inuit culture.

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The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story

By Joseph Bruchac

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A quarrel between the first man and the first woman is settled when the Sun causes strawberries to grow out of the earth.

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The Flute Player: An Apache Folktale

By Michael Lacapa

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When a young man goes away on his first hunt, his sweetheart is sure he has forgotten her and dies of a broken heart. He returns to show his love for her the only way he can.

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The Girl Who Married a Ghost and Other Tales from the North American Indian

By John Bierhorst

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Stories from the Northwest Coast, California, the Plains, the North Woods, the Southwest, and Alaska.

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The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas

By Tomie DePaola

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A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl's sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.

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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

By Tomie DePaola

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The legend of how the Indian paintbrush, the state flower of Wyoming, first bloomed, and how a young brave dreams of creating a painting that will capture the beauty of a sunset.

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The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman

By Paul Goble

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A Lakota Indian legend in which the White Buffalo Woman presents her people with the Sacred Calf Pipe which gives them the means to pray to the Great Spirit.

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The Magic Hummingbird: A Hopi Folktale

By Ekkehart Malotki

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Two starving orphans in a drought-stricken village follow a magic hummingbird on a quest to bring rain to their people

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The Precious Gift: A Navajo Creation Myth

By Ellen Jackson

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A retelling of part of a Navajo creation and evolution myth in which of all the animals the lowly snail alone is responsible for bringing pure water to the new land.

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