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Indian Why Stories

By Linderman, Frank Bird

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Book Id: WPLBN0000025560
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Indian Why Stories  
Author: Linderman, Frank Bird
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
Historic
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Publisher: World Ebook Library

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PREFACE: THE great Northwest — that wonderful frontier that called to itself a world's hardiest spirits — is rapidly becoming a settled country; and before the light of civilizing influences, the blanket-Indian has trailed the buffalo over the divide that time has set between the pioneer and the crowd. With his passing we have lost much of the aboriginal folk-lore, rich in its fairy-like characters, and its relation to the lives of a most warlike people. There is a wide difference between folk-lore of the so-called Old World and that of America. Transmitted orally through countless generations, the folk-stories of our ancestors show many evidences of distortion and of change in material particulars; but the Indian seems to have been too fond of nature and too proud of tradition to have forgotten or changed the teachings of his forefathers. Childlike in simplicity, beginning with creation itself, and reaching to the whys and wherefores of nature's moods and eccentricities, these tales impress me as being well worth saving.

Table of Contents
· PREFACE · 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 THE DEER HAS NO GALL · WHY THE INDIANS WHIP THE BUFFALO-BERRIES FROM THE BUSHES · · WHY THE BIRCH-TREE WEARS THE SLASHES IN ITS BARK · MISTAKES OF OLD-MAN · HOW THE MAN FOUND HIS MATE · DREAMS · RETROSPECTION

 

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