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Native Plant Stories


These mythical stories draw upon legends from eighteen Native American tribes and illustrate the importance of plant life in Native American traditions.

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These mythical stories draw upon legends from eighteen Native American tribes and illustrate the importance of plant life in Native American traditions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555912123
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/14/1995
  • Series: Keepers Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 697,703
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Bruchac, coauthor of The Keepers of the Earth series, is a nationally acclaimed Native American storyteller and writer who has authored more than 70 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and children. He lives in upstate New York.

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Table of Contents

Listening to the Plants
Map Showing the Cultural Areas and Tribal Locations of Native North Americans Groups
The Corn Spirits: Tuscarora - Eastern Woodland 3
The Sky: Huron - Eastern Woodland 9
How Kishelemukong Made the People and the Seasons: Lenni Lenape - Eastern Woodland 11
The Thanks to the Trees: Seneca - Eastern Woodland 17
The Circle of Life and the Clambake: Wampanoag - Eastern Woodland 21
Fallen Star's Ears: Cheyenne - Plains 25
Koluskap and Malsom: Passamaquoddy - Eastern Woodland 29
Why Some Trees Are Always Green: Cherokee - Southeast 37
The Bitterroot: Salish - Plateau 39
Indian Summer: Penobscot - Eastern Woodland 43
The First Basket: Mandan - Plains 47
Blue Dawn: Isleta Pueblo - Southwest 51
The Woman Who Lives in the Earth: Chugach Inuit - Arctic 61
Waw Giwulk: The Center of the Basket: O'odham - Southwest 65
How Fox Brought the Forests From the Sky: Snoqualmie - Pacific Northwest 67
The People of Maize: Lacandon Maya - Middle American 71
Waynabozho and the Wild Rice: Anishinabe [Ojibwa or Chippewa] - Eastern Woodland 77
The Buffalo Bull and the Cedar Tree: Osage - Plains 83
Glossary and Pronunciation Key 87
Tribal Nation Descriptions 103
Other Versions of Native North American Stories 125
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