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Native American Stories of the Sacred


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Preface Introduction 1. Creation Stories The Mud Diver Story: Munsee The Making of the World: Huron 2. The Wager for the World The Chickadee Story: Mi'kmaq The Adoption of the Human Race: Natchez Co-No, the World's Greatest Gambler: Winnebago 3. The Origins of Fire The First Fire: Cherokee Fire-Stealing Fox: Jicarilla-Apache 4. The Sacred Pipe White Buffalo Calf Woman: Lakota 5. "Why?" Stories How Deer Got His Horns: Cherokee Why Deer's Teeth Are Blunt: Cherokee Why the Blackfeet Never Kill Mice: Blackfeet/Ojibway 6. The Sacred Hero Son of Light Defeats the Monster: Hopi Agulabemu, the Great Bullfrog: Mi'kmaq 7. The Return of the Sun Chipmunk Asks for the Light: Seneca Little Brother Gets Mad at the Sun: Winnebago Raven: Tlingit/Salish 8. Coyotes and Other Tricksters Deer and Blue Jay: Klamath Coyote and Wren: Klamath Coyote and the Salmon: Klamath 9. Nature Spirits, Landkeepers, and Tribal Guardians The Meesang, or Water Babies: Washo The Great Bird Ong: Washo 10. The Spiritual Journey The Stone Canoe: Ojibway/Anishinabi Notes Acknowledgments

About the Author

Evan T. Pritchard, who is of Mi'kmaq and Celtic descent, is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture, based in Woodstock, New York, and is professor of Native American studies and philosophy at Marist College. A musician and storyteller, he lectures frequently around the U.S. and Canada, and is the author of Native New Yorkers and No Word for Time.


"Reader-friendly.... Enlightening and uplifting." -New York Spirit "Edifying.... Brims with insights into the relevance of Native American spirituality [to] the challenges that face us all as individuals and as a nation embedded in the natural world." -Spirituality & Health "A gem.... A great group of tales to enjoy by yourself, to read aloud or to discuss with a group.... Timely." -Read the Spirit "Highlight[s] the sacredness of all life." -Sacred Journey

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