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Native American Stories : The Origin Of Corn

Tales of the North American Indians The Origin Of Corn A long time ago, when Indians were first made, there lived one alone, far, far from any others. He knew not of fire, and subsisted on roots, barks, and nuts. …

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Native American Stories : The Sun Snarer

Tales of the North American Indians The Sun Snarer One day while two elder brothers were out hunting in the forest, the youngest went away to hide himself and to mourn because he was not permitted to join them. He …

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Native American Stories : The Bag Of Winds

Tales of the North American Indians The Bag Of Winds Long ago the Wind did much damage, blowing violently over the country of the Indian. Moreover, it often killed many people and destroyed much property. At that time there was …

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Native American Stories : Men Visit the Sky

Men Visit the Sky Near the beginning of time, five Seminole Indian men wanted to visit the sky to see the Great Spirit. They traveled to the East, walking for about a month. Finally, they arrived at land’s end. They …

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Native American Stories : The Earthdiver

The Earth diver In the beginning, Prairie Falcon and Crow were sitting on a log which projected above the waters that covered the world. They asked Duck what number he dreamed of, and Duck replied, “Two.” Prairie Falcon assigned him …

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Native American Stories : The Vampire Skeleton

“The Vampire Skeleton” [Onondaga] The married couple encounters death; the child avoids it. To make the point more emphatic, the mythmaker has the skeleton appear as a fox, which the Onondaga recognize, or at one time recognized, as a symbol …

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Native American Stories : The Magic Arrows

The Magic Arrows There was once a young man who wanted to go on a journey. His mother provided him with sacks of dried meat and pairs of moccasins, but his father said to him: “Here, my son, are four …

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Native American Stories : Forty Dead Men

“Forty Dead Men” [Makah] At Ozette two brothers undertook whaling, although their father had not been a whaler. The elder was unsuccessful, but the younger killed several whales the first season. Thereafter he was always lucky, while his brother always …

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Native American Stories : Earth Goddess

“Earth Goddess” [Aztec] Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca represent the bright and dark aspects of the Creator. The earth herself is the nourisher of life; but she is also the burial ground of the dead. One purpose of this myth is to …

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Native American Stories : Was it not an Illusion

“Was it not an Illusion?” [Uitoto] The Father touched an illusory image. He touched a mystery. Nothing was there. The Father, Who-Has-an-Illusion, seized it and, dreaming, began to think. Had he no staff? Then with a dream-thread he held the …

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Native American Stories : The Shut-Eye Dance

The Shut-Eye Dance [Menomi] Manabush was wandering along, stopping now and then to examine a flower, or to watch the flight of a bird or butterfly, when he suddenly saw at a little distance a number of water birds of …

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Native American Stories : The Empounded Water

The Empounded Water [Malecite, Northwest Woodland] Aglabem kept back all the water in the world, so that rivers stopped flowing, and lakes dried up, and the people everywhere began dying of thirst. As a last resort, they sent a messenger …

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Native American Stories : He Wants To Fly

He Wants To Fly [Menomi] Once he saw Buzzard flying high in the air. He was dipping, and soaring, and flying in circles.His performance was worthy of admiration. After watching him for a while Manabush said to himself, “If I …

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Native American Stories : Coyote Kills a Giant

Coyote Kills a Giant Coyote was walking one day when he met Old Woman. She greeted him and asked where he was headed. “Just roaming around,” said Coyote. “You better stop going that way, or you’ll meet a giant who …

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Native American Stories : Fire Race

Fire Race A long time ago, only the three Yellow Jacket sisters had fire. Even though other animals froze, the fire was kept from them. Wise Old Coyote, however, devises a plan to steal the fire, and enlists the other …

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