Native American Folktales

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The Celestial Sisters

Waupee, or the White Hawk, lived in a remote part of the forest, where animals abounded. Every day he returned from the chase with a large spoil,

The Boy who Set a Snare for the Sun

At the time when the animals reigned in the earth, they had killed all the people but a girl and her little brother, and these two were living in fear,

Strong Desire and the Red Sorcerer

There was a man called Odshedoph, or the Child of Strong Desires, who had a wife and one son. He had withdrawn his family from the village, where they had spent the winter,

The Wonderful Exploits of Grasshopper

A man, of small stature, found himself standing alone on a prairie. He thought to himself, "How came I here? Are there no beings on this earth but myself?

The Two Jeebi

There lived a hunter in the North, who had a wife and one child. His lodge stood far off in the forest, several days' journey from any other. He spent his days in hunting,

Osseo, the Son of the Evening Star

There once lived an Indian in the north who had ten daughters, all of whom grew up to womanhood. They were noted for their beauty, especially Oweenee, the youngest,

Gray Eagle and his Five Brothers

There were six falcons living in a nest, five of whom were still too young to fly, when it so happened that both the parent birds were shot in one day.

The Toad-Woman

Great good luck once happened to a young woman who was living all alone in the woods with nobody near her but her little dog; for, to her surprise, she found fresh meat every morning at her door.

The Origin of the Robin

An old man had an only son, named Iadilla, who had come to that age which is thought to be most proper to make the long and final fast which is to secure through life a guardian genius or spirit.