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  • Resource Database / Literature / Short Stories - Traditional

    Resources: 24 listings
    Name and Description Nation Location
    Abenaki Stories
    Our oral history is intertwined with our storytelling. We have been able to keep our traditions alive and to teach valuable lessons through the use of examples that occur within our traditional stories. The use of non-violence in raising children has remained a central aspect of child rearing, and our stories emphasize learning from example rather than through punitive means.
    Campfire Stories Handbook-INDIAN LEGENDS I
    Why The Chipmunk Has Black Stripes / Chipmunk and Bear, Iroquois Legend / How Dogs Came To The Indians, An Ojibwa story / How Fire Came To The Six Nations, An Iroquois story / Tail Of Fire, A Cowichan Story / The First Moccasins / Why The Mouse Is So Silky, A Plains Indian story / Why The Opossum's Tail Is Bare, Cherokee story
    More sites on www.isd.net
    Campfire Stories Handbook-INDIAN LEGENDS III
    Origin of Bears: Cherokee Bear Legend / Mt. Shasta Grizzly Legend / How Grandmother Spider Brought Fire to the People / Standing Bear / The Beginning of Thunder / Turtle Dancer's Two Sons / The Story of Snake's Medicine / The Story of the White Deer Named Virginia Dare
    More sites on www.isd.net
    CMCC - Storytelling: the Art of Knowledge - Introduction
    The stories we want to share with you here are from the Inuvialuit, the Algonquin, the Métis and Cree, the Nisga’a, the Abenaki and the Mi’kmaq. They are told through movement, song and dance, using symbols and imagination. They teach us about the origin of sacred objects and ceremonies, and our relationship to the animals, plants, rocks and each other.
    More sites on www.civilisations.ca
    Creation Stories and Traditional Wisdom - Little People - Geow-lud-mo-sis-eg
    Maliseet Canada - Eastern
    Geow-lud-mo-sis-eg are sort of magical little beings, something like the Leprechauns of Ireland, who appear to certain people at certain times in certain places in many Native communities. This story comes to us from Pat Paul, from the Maliseet Nation in New Brunswick, Canada. Pat produces current, up-to-date essays, stories, articles, legends, poems, and other literary items relating to the life and times of today's aboriginal people in the hemisphere.
    More sites on www.ozemail.com.au
    Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
    An incredible collection of tales and myths, compiled by D. L. Ashliman of the University of Pittsburgh.
    Hotcâk Table of Contents - (Winnebago)
    Winnebago US - Northeast
    | Guides | Language Studies | Articles | Waikâ Stories | Worak Stories | Mention of the Hotcâgara in the Mythology of Other Nations | Long Knife Fiction of Hotcâk Inspiration | Genealogies | Pictures | Resources and External Links |-- Some stories related here may contain subject matter not suitable for children.
    How Dogs Came To The Indians
    Ojibwe US - Northeast
    An Ojibwa story - Two Ojibwa Indians in a canoe had been blown far from shore by a great wind. They had gone far and were hungry and lost. They had little strength left to paddle, so they drifted before the wind.
    How Squire Coyote Brought Fire to the Cahrocs
    IN the beginning Chareya made fire (That is, the Cahrocs say so), Housed it safe with two beldams dire, And meant to have it stay so. But the Cahrocs declared that fire should be free, Not jealously kept under lock and key.
    More sites on etext.lib.virginia.edu
    Rabbit Shoots The Sun, A Hopi story / Spirit Animal / The Indian & The Snake / Why The Weasel Is Nervous, A Swampy Cree story / The Great Flood, A Salish story / The Origin Of The Winds, Alaskan Eskimo legend / Rabbit And The Moon Man / Honeyed Words Can't Sweeten Evil, Algonquin Legend / The Great Father Mosquito, Tuscarora Legend / The Eskimo Indian And His Fox Wife, Labrador Eskimo Legend / The Loon, Chief Lalooska / The Raven, Pacific Northwest / The Hunting of the Great Bear, From Iroquois Stories / The Hungry Fox and the Boastful Suitor, From Iroquois Stories
    More sites on www.isd.net
    keeper of stories
    Cherokee US - Southeast
    A site to preserve the wisdom of our ancestors.
    Mayan Foktales
    Maya America - Central
    These stories were told to Fernando Peñalosa by don Pedro Miguel Say, a famous Q'anjob'al storyteller from San Miguel Acátan, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, who now lives in Los Angeles, California, in the Koreatown area. Each month new folktales will be reprinted on the FolkArt & Craft Exchange. Permission to reproduce these stories not for profit is hereby granted, provided all copies contain the following notice: "From Tales and Legends of the Q'anjob'al Maya, published by Yax Te' Press, copyright 1995."
    More sites on www.folkart.com
    Mayan Folktales
    Maya Mexico
    Mayan Folktales as translated by Fernando Peñalosa. Includes "The Disobedient Son", "A Mayan Life", The Rabbit and the Coyote", "The Rabbit throws out his Sandle", and "The Jaguar and the Little Skunk".
    More sites on www.folkart.com
    Myth from the Alaskan Inuit
      US - Alaska
    The Origin of Light - This contribution comes from Laura Thorpe and her class in Alaska. In the early times, there was only darkness; there was no light at all. At the edge of the sea a woman lived with her father. One time she went out to get some water. As she was scraping the snow, she saw a feather floating toward her. She opened her mouth and the feather floated in and she swallowed it. From that time she was pregnant.
    More sites on www.ozemail.com.au
    Myths and Legends of the Sioux
    Sioux US - West
    McLaughlin, Marie L.. Myths and Legends of the Sioux / Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library/ Forgotten Ear Of Corn / Little Mice / Pet Rabbit / Pet Donkey / Rabbit And The Elk / Rabbit And The Grouse Girls / Faithful Lovers / Artichoke And The Muskrat / Rabbit And The Bear With The Flint Body / Lost Wife / Raccoon And The Crawfish / Legend Of Standing Rock / Peace Pipe / A Bashful Courtship / Simpleton's Wisdom / Little Brave And The Medicine Woman / Bound Children / Signs Of Corn / Rabbits / How The Rabbit Lost His Tail / Unktomi And The Arrowheads / Bear And The Rabbit Hunt Buffalo / Brave Who Went On The Warpath Alone And Won The Name Of The Lone Warrior / Sioux Who Married The Crow Chief's Daughter / Boy And The Turtles / Hermit, Or The Gift Of Corn / Mysterious Butte / Wonderful Turtle / Man And The Oak / Two Young Friends / Pet Crow / 'Wasna' (Pemmican) Man And The Unktomi (Spider) / Resuscitation Of The Only Daughter / Pet Crane / White Plume / Pretty Feathered Forehead / Four Brothers; Or Inyanhoksila (Stone Boy) / Unktomi (Spider), Two Widows, And The Red Plums
    More sites on etext.lib.virginia.edu
    Native American Legends
    The Devil and John Onion Moshup the Giant A Wampanoag Story Captain Kidd and the Mohegan Indians
    More sites on newigwam.com
    Native American Legends, Folk Tales, and Stories
      US - Central
    from Lady Pixel - Native American mythology is a very rich cultural history of its own. In the telling of tales, many things can be taught or learned. This is one of the ways that many tribes kept their cultures alive; it was not just a collection of stories, but of their beliefs, their ways, and their lives. Many legends are still told; some old, some new, but all are part of the beautiful culture that the indigenous peoples of North America have had and still have.
    More sites on www.ocbtracker.com
    Native American Lore Index
    From Stoney's Web lodge: Below are links to several storys of Native American Indian Lore from several Tribes across Turtle Island. If you have a story of Native Indian Lore you would like to have posted here, send it to me with as much information about the Lore that you can, and I will post it with others found here. Help me to make this site the best Lore site on the Web
    More sites on www.ilhawaii.net
    Native American Story Index
    Children gather around working siblings, mothers, aunts and grandmothers their fingers busy with drawing, cooking, whittling, computer keyboards and other tasks, their little fingers are learning through doing...all the while listening to a constant round of good natured chatter and story telling...
    Native American Tales - Wigwam Evenings/Sioux Folk Tales Retold
    Folk and Fairy Tales - Welcome to my archive of folk and fairy tales. Native American Tales- taken from Wigwam Evenings: Sioux Folk Tales Retold, by Charles A. Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1916. Tales 8-13 are from North American Legends, edited by Virginia Haviland, illustrated by Ann Strugnell, Philomel Books, 1979./ The Buffalo and the Field-Mouse / The Frogs and the Crane / The Falcon and the Duck / The Raccoon and the Bee-Tree / The Comrades / The Runaways / The Magic Arrows / How Coyote Stole Fire / How Glooskap Found the Summer / Big Long Man's Corn Patch
    More sites on www.ipl.org
    Old Indian Legends
    Zitkala-Sa - These legends are relics of our country's once virgin soil. These and many others are the tales the little black-haired aborigine loved so much to hear beside the night fire. For him the personified elements and other spirits played in a vast world right around the center fire of the wigwam. Iktomi, the snare weaver, Iya, the Eater, and Old Double-Face are not wholly fanciful creatures. There were other worlds of legendary folk for the young aborigine, such as "The Star- Men of the Sky," "The Thunder Birds Blinking Zigzag Lightning," and "The Mysterious Spirits of Trees and Flowers." Under an open sky, nestling close to the earth, the old Dakota story-tellers have told me these legends. In both Dakotas, North and South, I have often listened to the same story told over again by a new story-teller. While I recognized such a legend without the least difficulty, I found the renderings varying.
    More sites on etext.lib.virginia.edu
    Stone Mother
    Paiute US - Southwest
    One day the father of all Indians came to this area and lived on a mountain near stillwater. It is said that he was created near Reese River. He was a very great and good man. He was very lonesome and wished he had someone to keep him company.
    Stories of the Dreaming
      Aotearoa-New Zealand
    A collaboration between Australia's Cultural Network (through the Federal Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) and the Australian Museum. The stories come from the cultures of Indigenous Australians and have been collected from all over Australia. They reflect an essential part of the life of Indigenous Australians. Some of the storytellers use words from their own languages in telling their stories. Where possible, a direct translation is included in the story or glossary, but even where this is not possible, you will find it easy to understand what the storyteller means.
    WeLcOmE To DA PaGe
      America - South
    suggested nation: Chibcha-Abya Yala En espanol...ATENCION..Colombianos...la historia de Mirthayu. Haz Click en Link "Mirthayu" informacion sobre Fomagata, La Bachue, y La Chia.
    More sites on www.angelfire.com

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