Native American Short Stories
Early American Indian Stories for Children
These books of Native American short stories were written by American Indian authors and pass the heritage of Indian folklore to another generation. They reflect the culture and legends of early American Indians.
By Te AtaNative American Legend: Pawnee
Newer Version: Children's Picture Book
Baby Rattlesnake recounts a Pawnee legend of a young rattlesnake who is anxious to grow up and get his rattle before he is wise enough to know how to use it. Te Ata was a well-known Native American speaker and story teller. In this latest version, Lynn Moroney re-tells the classic tale of Baby Rattlesnake.
North American Indian Tales
By W.T. LarnedRead Aloud 5-6 years
Easy Reader 3-4th Grade
Paperback reprint from 1921
Iagoo the Storyteller recounts seven Native American legends to the children who have come to hear his tales. These include:
Native American Tales and Legenda
Editor: Allan A. MacfarlanCollection of Native American legends from different tribes of North America
This original book has more than 30 American Indian short stories. One of the things that makes this book unique is that it lists the tribes from which each story is derived.
Native American Creation Stories include:
Native American Stories
The Sign of the Beaver
By Elizabeth G. SpeareA story about the special friendship between Attean, an American Indian boy, and Matt, a white settler. This book was published in the early 1980s and has won numerous awards for this historical fiction book based on a true event.
Famous Native Americans
Streams to the River, River to the Sea
By Scott O'Dell1805
Northern United States
6th grade and above
This historical fiction account of Sacagawea is told in first person as she journeys with Lewis and Clark on the Corps of Discovery. The author relied on the Journals of Lewis and Clark and on oral legends to recount the story of Sacagawea's capture by another Indian tribe, her marriage to a Frenchman, and her adventures in the wilderness through unknown territory with over thirty men and her newborn son. The romanticized relationship between Clark and Sacagawea may be offensive to some. (Other tales have concluded that there was an emotional bond between the two in spite of the presence of her polygamous husband through the journey. There is no historical evidence for it, other than the fact that Clark adopted her two children after her death.)
PocohontasStories about Pocohontas are recorded in our list of childrens books on the Jamestown Settlement of 1607. Sacagawea and Pocohontas are two of the most famous women in history and two of the most famous Native Americans.
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