Stories from the Ancients: Native America

David Holt and Bill Mooney (editors)
Have you ever wondered why dogs sniff other dog's tails when they meet each other? Internationally recognized storyteller Dovie Thomason shares the Iroquois People's explanation of how this came to be.
Te Ata
Baby Rattlesnake throws tantrums to get his rattle before he's reads, but he misuses it and learns a lesson.
Will Hobbs and Jill Kastner (illustrator)
Spring has come to the Ute village, but Short Tail and his people are concerned because the Great Bear has not awakened. So Short Tail goes into the mountains to find the bear's den. But on the way, Short Tail too falls asleep, and slips into a magical dream in which the Great Bear teaches him a wonderful secret to take back to his people.
Gerald McDermott (storyteller and illustrator)
Coyote, who has a nose for trouble, insists that the crows teach him how to fly, but the experience ends in disaster for him.
Stephen Krensky and Kelly Dupre (illustrator)
Brrr! Coyote is always cold! That's because it's winter all year long. But Old Woman has something amazing called summer. It's tied up in a little bag in her tipi. Coyote and his friends Wolf, Moose, Elk, Stag, and Antelope make a plan to steal summer. But when Coyote grabs the bag, Old Woman's children chase after him. Will his plan work? Will everyone have a chance to share summer's warmth? Find out what happens in this fast-paced tale!
Stephen Krensky and Kelly Dupre (illustrator)
Brrr! Coyote is always cold! That's because it's winter all year long. But Old Woman has something amazing called summer. It's tied up in a little bag in her tipi. Coyote and his friends Wolf, Moose, Elk, Stag, and Antelope make a plan to steal summer. But when Coyote grabs the bag, Old Woman's children chase after him. Will his plan work? Will everyone have a chance to share summer's warmth? Find out what happens in this fast-paced tale!
Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac (authors) and John Kahionhes Fadden and Carol Wood (illustrators)
This environmental classic teaches children respect and stewardship for the Earth and for all living things. The Native American stories are accompanied by activities which encourage children to understand their influence on the Earth.
Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac (authors) and John Kahionhes Fadden and Carol Wood (illustrators)
This environmental classic teaches children respect and stewardship for the Earth and for all living things. The Native American stories are accompanied by activities which encourage children to understand their influence on the Earth.
Janet Beeler Shaw
Kaya dreams of racing her beautiful mare Steps High, but her father warns her that Steps High isn't ready. A pesky boy challenges her anyway, and Kaya enters into the race of her life. This is part of the American Girl series, which includes historical notes.
Nancy Van Laan and Beatriz Vidal (illustrator)
When the weather changes and the ever-falling snow threatens to engulf all the animals, it is Crow who flies up to receive the gift of fire from the Great Sky Spirit.
Joseph Bruchac (storyteller) and Murv Jacob (illustrator)
The Parabola Storytime series is a collection of stories and myths by the leading storytellers of Native American tribes. Originally produced by "Parabola" magazine in audio format, many of these stories appear here in written form for the first time, with the permission of tribal elders, and are enhanced by artwork authentic to the tradition. These stories evoke the beauty, wisdom, and living spirit of surviving oral traditions. In these six Iroquois tales, animals showcase the best of human emotions and spirit. Buzzard flies to the Creator to bring back clothes for all the birds. Tiny Chipmunk takes on massive and powerful Bear in a challenge to determine whether or not the sun will keep rising. In the title story, a young boy has lost his human family and finds love in the home of the Bears. Wise and foolish, cowardly and brave animals teach humans how to live better lives, while providing entertainment.
Paul Goble (storyteller and illustrator)
Goble's Caldecott Medal-winning book tells the story of a young Native American girl who is devoted to the care of her tribe's horses. With simple text and brilliant illustrations, Goble reveals how she eventually becomes one of them to forever run free.
Virginia A. Stroud
This lyrical alphabet book, drawn from Native American teachings, tells of 26 different ways to remember our interconnectedness with everything on earth. The Path of the Quiet Elk is not a place, but a way of learning to look at life. Each letter from A to Z is illustrated with a nature scene painted by renowned artist Virginia Stroud's distinctive style.
Rafe Martin and David Shannon (illustrator)
In an Algonquin village by the shores of Lake Ontario, many young women have tried to win the affections of the powerful Invisible Being who lives with his sister in a great wigwam near the forest. Then comes Rough-Face Girl, scarred from working by the fire. Can she succeed where her beautiful, cruel sisters have failed? This is an Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story.