Folktales of the American Indians

The Secret of the White Buffalo: An Oglala Legend

By Carrie J. Taylor

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When the buffalo herds fail to appear one spring, a village in the Black Hills of South Dakota finds itself in turmoil: the people grow selfish, and the elders lose their authority. But a beautiful woman comes, bearing a message of hope.

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The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend

By John Steptoe

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The gifts of Magic Frog and his own hopeful and unselfish spirit bring Jumping Mouse finally to the Far-Off Land where no mouse goes hungry.

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The Story of the Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale

By Joseph Bruchac

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When cornmeal is stolen from an elderly couple, the others in a Cherokee village find a way to drive off the thief, creating the Milky Way in the process.

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The Woman Who Fell From the Sky: The Iroquois Story of Creation

By John Bierhorst

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Tells how the creation of the world was begun by a woman who fell down to earth from the sky country, and how it was finished by her two sons Sapling and Flint.

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Tonweya and the Eagles, and Other Lakota Tales

By Rosebud Yellow Robe

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A collection of animal tales first told by the Plains Indians, interwoven with factual information about the Lakota people.

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Two Bad Boys: A Very Old Cherokee Tale

By Gail Haley

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Boy finds his wild brother under the surface of the river and pulls him out onto land, where Wild Boy begins to lead him astray into trouble.

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