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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Explains how Raven made the earth, animals, moon, and sun.
Quail grows tired of trying to teach hungry Coyote her beautiful song, so she plays a trick on him.
Masks that are simple and fast to make with materials usually found around the house. Could be used for school or scout projects.
Twelve-year-old twins use their weapons, lightning arrows and magic feathers, to defend their village from the Monster Birds.
When Fox tells Mole she must move out of her tunnel to make way for a new path, Mole finds an ingenious way to save her home.
A collection of poems based on songs and stories gathered by Knud Rasmussen on the Fifth Thule Expedition, which recorded Inuit legends about the universe and its creation.
A lazy, conniving coyote takes advantage of all his animal cousins until a horned toad teaches him a lesson he never forgets.
A gift to a shy young man from the birds and animals helps him to express his love to a beautiful girl.
Iktomi the trickster has trouble after losing his eyes (temporarily!) when he greedily misuses a magical trick.
After outwitting some ducks, Iktomi, the Indian trickster, is outwitted by Coyote.