As in many cultures, tricksters, lost loves, brave warriors, and pourquoi or "why?" stories make up the fabric of Native American storytelling traditions. To retell these stories for an audience today connects these old ways to the modern world so that their beauty and wisdom need not be forgotten.
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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.
A collection of animal tales first told by the Plains Indians, interwoven with factual information about the Lakota people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two starving orphans in a drought-stricken village follow a magic hummingbird on a quest to bring rain to their people
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.
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.