Plains Indians

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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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 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 Legend of the White Buffalo Woman

By Paul Goble

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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.

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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

By Tomie DePaola

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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.

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The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas

By Tomie DePaola

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A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl's sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.

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Love Flute

By Paul Goble

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A gift to a shy young man from the birds and animals helps him to express his love to a beautiful girl.

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Iktomi Loses His Eyes: A Plains Indian Story

By Paul Goble

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Iktomi the trickster has trouble after losing his eyes (temporarily!) when he greedily misuses a magical trick.

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Iktomi and the Ducks: A Plains Indian Story

By Paul Goble

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After outwitting some ducks, Iktomi, the Indian trickster, is outwitted by Coyote.

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