Folktales of the American Indians

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. Click on the regional listing at the bottom of the book's description to get more story choices that fall within the same geographic setting (Arctic, Woodlands, Northwest Coast, Plains, or Southwest).

Iktomi and the Buzzard: A Plains Indian Story

By Paul Goble

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Iktomi the trickster tries to fool a buzzard into carrying him across the river on the buzzard's back.

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Full Moon Stories: Thirteen Native American Legends

By Eagle Walking Turtle

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Grandpa Iron tells thirteen stories, one for each full moon of the year, that convey some of the traditions and beliefs of Native Americans, particularly his Arapaho people.

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Frog Girl

By Paul Owen Lewis

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When the frogs suddenly vanish from the lake behind her village, a young Native American girl is led to the frog village underneath the lake and learns what she must do to save both the frogs and her own people.

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Crow Chief: A Plains Indian Story

By Paul Goble

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Crow Chief always warns the buffalo that hunters are coming, until Falling Star, a savior, comes to camp, tricks Crow Chief, and teaches him that all must share and live like relatives together.

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Crow and Hawk: A Traditional Pueblo Indian Story

By Michael Rosen

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Hawk rescues an abandoned crow's nest, and when the baby birds hatch, Crow returns to claim her children but finds that they want to stay with the only mother they've ever known.

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Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale

By Gerald McDermott

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An adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men.

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