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Publisher Comments:

The Native American was a true lover of nature and close observer of the sights and sounds about him. He delighted in composing tales that offered imaginative explanations for everything--from simple stories about creation to fanciful accounts of how animals acquired certain physical characteristics.

This entertaining collection of 22 stories, compiled nearly a century ago by a devotee of Indian lore who considered them "well-worth saving," recounts many of the legends told to him by members of the Blackfeet, Chippewa and Cree tribes. Here are intriguing explanations of "How the Ducks Got Their Fine Feathers," "Why the Kingfisher Always Wears a War-Bonnet," "Why the Chipmunk's Back Is Striped," "Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice," "How the Otter Skin Became Great 'Medicine,'" "Why the Mountain-Lion Is Long and Lean," "How the Man Found His Mate," "Why the Birch-Tree Wears the Slashes in Its Bark" and many other tales rich in fanciful characters.

Told in simple, direct language and enhanced with 32 illustrations by famed "cowboy artist" Charles M. Russell, these fables will delight children, lovers of tall tales and students of Native American culture.

Unabridged Dover (1995) republication of the edition published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1915. 32 black-and-white illustrations. 96pp. 5-3/8 x 8-1/2. Paperbound.

Synopsis:

Delightful fables offer explanations of "Why the Chipmunk's Back is Striped," "How the Otter Skin Became Great Medicine," "How the Man Found His Mate," and "Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice," more. 32 illustrations.

Synopsis:

Delightful fables offer explanations of "Why the Chipmunk's Back is Striped," "How the Otter Skin Became Great Medicine," "How the Man Found His Mate," and "Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice," more. 32 illustrations.

Synopsis:

21 delightful fables offer intriguing explanations of Why the Chipmunk's Back is Striped, How the Otter Skin Became Great "Medicine," and more.


Synopsis:

Frank B. Linderman kept as close as possible to the Indian style of storytelling, using only the tales told him by elders of the Blackfeet, Chippewa, and Cree tribes. Indian Why Stories, originally published in 1915, recreates a cozy scene: a medicine man sits before a lodge fire relating tales of the old days to grandchildren not ready for bed. These stories have a moral framework, revealing a reverence for life, emphasis on honesty, and lack of bigotry.

Table of Contents

Why the Chipmunk's Back Is Striped

How the Ducks Got Their Fine Feathers

Why the Kingfisher Always Wears a War-Bonnet

Why the Curlew's Bill Is Long and Crooked

Old-man Remakes the World

Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice

"How the Otter Skin Became Great "Medicine"

Old-man Steals the Sun's Leggings

Old-man and His Conscience

Old-man's Treachery

Why the Night-hawk's Wings Are Beautiful

Why the Mountain-lion Is Long and Lean

The Fire-Leggings

The Moon and the Great Snake

Why th Deer Has No Gall

Why the Indians Whip the Buffalo-Berries from the Bushes

Old-man and the Fox

Why th Birch-Tree Wears the Slashes in Its Bark

Mistakes of Old-man

How the Man Found His Mate

Dreams

Retrospection

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486288000
Author:
Russell, Charles M.
Author:
Russell, Charles M.
Author:
erman
Author:
Linderman, Frank B.
Author:
Frank B. Lind
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Native American
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Siksika Indians
Subject:
Ojibwa Indians
Subject:
Cree indians
Subject:
Tales -- North America.
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Siksika Indians -- Folklore.
Subject:
Children s Folk Tales-North American
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Children's Classics
Series Volume:
103-30
Publication Date:
19951031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.32 lb
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by ,
Delightful fables offer explanations of "Why the Chipmunk's Back is Striped," "How the Otter Skin Became Great Medicine," "How the Man Found His Mate," and "Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice," more. 32 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
Delightful fables offer explanations of "Why the Chipmunk's Back is Striped," "How the Otter Skin Became Great Medicine," "How the Man Found His Mate," and "Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice," more. 32 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , 21 delightful fables offer intriguing explanations of Why the Chipmunk's Back is Striped, How the Otter Skin Became Great "Medicine," and more.


"Synopsis" by , Frank B. Linderman kept as close as possible to the Indian style of storytelling, using only the tales told him by elders of the Blackfeet, Chippewa, and Cree tribes. Indian Why Stories, originally published in 1915, recreates a cozy scene: a medicine man sits before a lodge fire relating tales of the old days to grandchildren not ready for bed. These stories have a moral framework, revealing a reverence for life, emphasis on honesty, and lack of bigotry.
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