Indian Why Stories (Expanded Edition): Sparks from War Eagle's Lodge-Fire

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Old-man, or Napa, as he was called by the Blackfeet, is an extraordinary character in Indian stories. Both powerful and fallible, he appears in different guises: god or creator, fool, thief, clown. The world he made is marvelous but filled with mistakes. As a result, tensions between the haves and have-nots explode with cosmic consequences in Indian Why Stories.

Elders of the Blackfeet, Cree, and Chippewa (Ojibwa) people shared these wonderful tales with Frank B. Linderman in ...

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Overview

Old-man, or Napa, as he was called by the Blackfeet, is an extraordinary character in Indian stories. Both powerful and fallible, he appears in different guises: god or creator, fool, thief, clown. The world he made is marvelous but filled with mistakes. As a result, tensions between the haves and have-nots explode with cosmic consequences in Indian Why Stories.

Elders of the Blackfeet, Cree, and Chippewa (Ojibwa) people shared these wonderful tales with Frank B. Linderman in the late nineteenth century and early years of the twentieth century. War Eagle (the fictional name of Linderman’s friend and Chippewa medicine man Pah-nah-to, or Full-of-dew), tells these stories to attentive youngsters after the first frost in the fall. He speaks of animal people, including a deer and an antelope in a footrace, a dancing fox who convulses a buffalo with laughter, a white beaver and ghost people, a huge snake in love with the moon, a sparrow hawk of conscience, and many others. These sparkling tales reveal a reverence for life, honesty, and the unity of creation.

This expanded edition features thirteen previously unpublished verse stories along with an introduction to those stories by Sarah Waller Hatfield, granddaughter of Linderman.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803280380
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: Expanded Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank B. Linderman (1869–1938) spent his adult life in Montana, first as a trapper and then as an author, politician, and businessman. He lived closely with the Salish, Blackfeet, Crows, and other Native peoples in the region and is the author of Plenty-coups: Chief of the Crows and Pretty-shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows, both available in Bison Books editions.
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Table of Contents

Why the Chipmunk's Back is Striped 3
How the Ducks Got Their Fine Feathers 17
Why the Kingfisher Always Wears a War-Bonnet 27
Why the Curlew's Bill is Long and Crooked 37
Old-Man Remakes the World 47
Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice 65
How the Otter Skin Became Great "Medicine" 75
Old-Man Steals the Sun's Leggings 91
Old-Man and His Conscience 105
Old-Man's Treachery 117
Why the Night-Hawk's Wings are Beautiful 127
Why the Mountain-Lion is Long and Lean 137
The Fire-Leggings 151
The Moon and the Great Snake 159
Why the Deer Has No Gall 167
Why Indians Whip the Buffalo-Berries from the Bushes 175
Old-Man and the Fox 185
Why the Birch-Tree Wears the Slashes in Its Bark 199
Mistakes of Old-Man 207
How the Man Found His Mate 213
Dreams 221
Retrospection 233
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    Posted September 17, 2013

    Stormdust

    Krestlestar i believe sparrowflight has quit deputy and we need a new one soon

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    I know I haven't been very active. I can't help it. But I was wondering if Searingkit and Ashenkit were made apprentices yet and who their mentors are. I saw that Mistypaw, Skypaw, Foxpaw, and Pouncepaw were apprentices, so I thought Searingkit and Ashenkit were, too.

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    Ashtail

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    Kestrelstar

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    Shimmerheart

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    Hi

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