American Indian Fairy Tales

William Trowbridge Larned (c. 1867 - 1928) and Henry R. Schoolcraft (1793 - 1864)

With no written language, Native Americans living in the Lake Superior region passed their cultural identity down through the generations by way of stories. Far more than mere tales to amuse children, they passed along the collective wisdom of the tribes. In the 1830s, government Indian Agent and ethnologist Henry R Schoolcraft learned the language of these people and went out to collect and preserve their stories before the tribes disappeared under the westward rush of American civilization. Though these stories were recast as children’s fairy tales in the 1920s, they contain much of the old wisdom of a culture which has largely disappeared. (Summary by Chip)

Genre(s): Children's Fiction, Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales, Short Stories

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Iagoo, The Story-Teller Chip
Play 02 Shin-ge-bis Fools The North Wind Chip
Play 03 The Little Boy And Girl In The Clouds Chip
Play 04 The Child Of The Evening Star Chip
Play 05 The Boy Who Snared The Sun Chip
Play 06 How The Summer Came Chip
Play 07 Grasshopper Chip
Play 08 Mish-o-sha, The Magician Chip
Play 09 The Fairy Bride Chip