The First Fire: Stories of the Cherokee, Kickapoo, Kiowa, and Tigua

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Step into a colorful pageantry of the powerful people whose cultural legacy continues to influence the great state of Texas. From the Cherokee in the Piney Woods of East Texas, the Kickapoo at Eagle Pass in South Texas, the Kiowa of the Panhandle in the Great Plains, to the Tigua of Isleta del Sur Pueblo at El Paso, four nations come alive through myth and history in Jane Archer's vividly written book about the first Texans. Part II of ROTP's successful Texas Indian Myths and ...

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Step into a colorful pageantry of the powerful people whose cultural legacy continues to influence the great state of Texas. From the Cherokee in the Piney Woods of East Texas, the Kickapoo at Eagle Pass in South Texas, the Kiowa of the Panhandle in the Great Plains, to the Tigua of Isleta del Sur Pueblo at El Paso, four nations come alive through myth and history in Jane Archer's vividly written book about the first Texans. Part II of ROTP's successful Texas Indian Myths and Legends.

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THE FIRST FIRE: STORIES OF THE CHEROKEE, KICKAPOO, KIOWA AND TIGUA is an entertaining blend of tribal legends and stories. Highly recommended for readers both young and old. Jane Archer has excelled as a storyteller, gathering together timeless tales in a unique collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589792012
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Archer is a best-selling author of more than a dozen historical novels. Tipi Stories from her critically acclaimed Texas Indian Myths and Legends are featured on audio inside a permanent exhibit at Frontier Texas, a museum in Abilene Texas. She grew up with family tales about Texas and her part-Comanche heritage.

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Table of Contents

Cherokee
The first fire 2
Origin of disease and medicine 3
The daughter of the sun 7
The deluge 10
Rabbit trims possum's tail 11
Rabbit and turtle race 13
Rabbit steals otter's coat 15
How deer got antlers 17
Why the teeth of deer are blunt 18
Wildcat caught gobbler 20
The birds and animals play ball 21
Ice man returns 23
Spearfinger 25
The red man of the lightning 27
The underground panthers 28
Lightning and the gambler 30
The man who married thunder's sister 35
The star feathers 39
Messenger wren 40
Kickapoo
A sister saves her brother 58
Rabbit fools lynx 63
Strong medicine 66
The man and the manitou 79
Kiowa
Spider grandmother and the flood 98
Spider grandmother and sun boy 98
Red horse 105
Buffalo old woman 106
Deer-charming boy 108
Saynday hunts with the pack 111
Saynday throws his eyes 112
Saynday learns from eagle 115
Saynday talks with ant 116
Saynday mocks quail 116
Saynday taunts wildcat 117
Saynday trapped by mice 120
Saynday cheats the white man 121
The lost girl 122
Son of the chief 124
Buffalo kills white bear 127
The end of the world 130
Tigua of Isleta Del Sur Pueblo
The great flood 142
The moon maiden 142
The man who married the moon 144
The first of the rattlesnakes 153
Creator of all medicine 158
The war dance of the mice 162
The three bears 164
Coyote visits woodpecker 166
Coyote and rabbit race 169
Coyote and the blackbirds 171
Coyote and bear farm 172
Coyote and little-blue-fox 174
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2005

    Essential Native American Storytelling

    Jane Archer has done it again. I thought her first volume of Native American stories, TEXAS INDIAN MYTHS AND LEGENDS, could not be topped for making the stories of various Native Nations come alive while also telling their history in clear and concise prose. I was not the only one who felt that way, because I have learned that stories from that book were used in a permanent American Indian Storytellers exhibit in the Frontier Texas museum in Abeline, Texas. She has now written a companion volume, FIRST FIRE, that equals or even surpasses her first book on this subject. Her skills as an experienced novelist are the secret ingredient to her success at making these timeless tales come alive. She shows her deep respect for her own part Native American heritage and all of America's indigenous people in every line, every story, every historical excursion. Obviously I am extremely enthused about this book and its companion volume. Read them and see why. Highly recommended!

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