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Native American Tales

The Native American storytelling tradition is oral, not written. Simply by writing them down, the stories change. Readers should also be aware that some published "Indian legends" are reinterpretations that stray significantly from the traditional stories. In this list, we have done our best to collect authentic North American Indian tales, noting the tribe or nation from which the tale originates.

Picture Books (JE)

De MontaƱo Coyote in Love with a Star    (Potawatomi)
Goble The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses    (Cheyenne)

Children’s Fiction (J)

Eagle Full Moon Stories: Thirteen Native American Legends    (Arapahoe)

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

J398.2 Beaver Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story
J398.2 Begay Ma'ii and Cousin Horned Toad: A Traditional Navajo Story
J398.2 Bernhard Spotted Eagle & Black Crow: A Lakota Legend
J398.2 Bruchac How Chipmunk Got His Stripes: A Tale of Bragging and Teasing    (Cherokee, Abenaki, and Mohawk)
J398.2 Bruchac The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales    (Various)
J398.2 Bruchac Turtle's Race with Beaver: A Traditional Seneca Story
J398.2 Cohen The Mud Pony: A Traditional Skidi Pawnee Tale
J398.2 Crespo How the Sea Began: A Taino Myth
J398.2 Duncan The Magic of the Spider Woman    (Navajo)
J398.2 Duvall Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting: A Traditional Cherokee Legend
J398.2 Esbensen The Star Maiden: An Ojibway Tale
J398.2 Goble Star Boy    (Blackfoot)
J398.2 Harrell How Thunder and Lightning Came To Be: A Choctaw Legend
J398.2 James The Woman Who Married a Bear    (Alaskan and Yukon tribes)
J398.2 Johnston The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote    (Zapotec)
J398.2 Larry Peboan and Seegwun    (Anichinabe/Ojibwe)
J398.2 Lelooska Spirit of the Cedar People: More Stories and Paintings of Chief Lelooska    (Kwakiutl)
J398.2 Lewis Storm Boy    (Haida)
J398.2 London Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale About How Fire Came to the People
J398.2 Luenn Miser on the Mountain: A Nisqually Legend of Mount Rainier
J398.2 Martin The Boy Who Lived with the Seals    (Chinook)
J398.2 McDermott Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest
J398.2 Medicine Story The Children of the Morning Light: Wampanoag Tales
J398.2 Menchu The Honey Jar    (Mayan)
J398.2 Montejo The Bird Who Cleans the World: and Other Mayan Fables
J398.2 Morgan Supper for Crow: A Northwest Coast Indian Tale
J398.2 Norman Trickster and the Fainting Birds    (Algonquian)
J398.2 Oliviero The Day the Sun Was Stolen    (Haida)
J398.2 Pia Pia Toya: A Goshute Indian Legend    (Recorded by Ibapah [Utah] Elementary School)
J398.2 Pijoan White Wolf Woman: Native American Transformation Myths    (Various)
J398.2 Powell Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved    (Navajo; bilingual text)
J398.2 Renner The Girl Who Swam with the Fish: An Athabascan Legend
J398.2 Ross How Rabbit Tricked Otter and Other Cherokee Trickster Stories
J398.2 Ross How Turtle's Back was Cracked: A Traditional Cherokee Tale
J398.2 RunningWolf On the Trail of Elder Brother: Glous'gap Stories of the Micmac Indians
J398.2 Savard First Spring: An Innu Tale of North America
J398.2 Simms The Bone Man: A Native American Modoc Tale
J398.2 Sloat The Hungry Giant of the Tundra    (Yupik)
J398.2 Songs The Songs My Paddle Sings: Native American Legends    (Various; collected by Riordan)
J398.2 Steptoe The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend    (Great Plains)
J398.2 Stevens Coyote Steals the Blanket: An Ute Tale
J398.2 Taylor All the Stars in the Sky: Native Stories from the Heavens    (Various)
J398.2 Taylor How We Saw the World: Nine Native Stories of the Way Things Began    (Various)
J398.2 Taylor Spirits, Fairies, and Merpeople: Native Stories of Other Worlds    (Various)
J398.2 Taylor When Bear Stole the Chinook: A Siksika Tale
J398.2 Tingle When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation
J398.2 Yamane The Snake That Lived in the Santa Cruz Mountains & Other Ohlone Stories
J398.2 Yellow Robe Tonweya and the Eagles, and Other Lakota Indian Tales
J398.2 Zitkala-Sa Dance in a Buffalo Skull    (Sioux)
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