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FOLK LORE

AND

LEGENDS

NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN

W. W. GIBBINGS 18 BURY ST., LONDON, W.C. 1890

FOLK LORE AND LEGENDS

NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN

UNIFORM WITH THIS VOLUME.

" These dainty little books. " STANDARD.

FOLK LORE AND LEGENDS.

FIRST SERIES.

1. GERMAN. 2. ORIENTAL. 3. SCOTLAND. 4. IRELAND.

SECOND SERIES.

1. ENGLAND. 2. SCANDINAVIAN. 3. RUSSIAN. 4. NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN.

" They transport us into a romantic world. " TIMES.

PREFATORY NOTE.

It might have been expected that the Indians of North America would have many Folklore tales to tell, and in this volume I have endeavoured to present such of them as seemed to me to best illustrate the primitive character and beliefs of the people. The belief, and the language in which it is clothed, are often very beautiful. Fantastic imagination, magnanimity, moral sentiment, tender feeling, and humour are discovered in a degree which may astonish many who have been apt to imagine that advanced civilisation has much to do with the possession of such qualities. I know of nothing that throws so much light upon Indian character as their Folk tales.

CONTENTS

PAGE

Moowis, 1

The Girl who Married the Pine tree, 9

A Legend of Manabozho, 11

Pauppukkeewis, 15

The Discovery of the Upper World, 33

The Boy who Snared the Sun, 37

The Maid in the Box, 41

The Spirits and the Lovers, 45

The Wonderful Rod, 54

The Funeral Fire, 56

The Legend of O na wut a qut o, 63

Manabozho in the Fish's Stomach, 69

The Sun and the Moon, 72

The Snail and the Beaver, 75

The Strange Guests, 79

Manabozho and his Toe, 88

The Girl who Became a Bird, 90

The Undying Head, 92

The Old Chippeway, 113

Mukumik! Mukumik! Mukumik!, 116

The Swing by the Lake, 119

The Fire Plume, 123

The Journey to the Island of Souls, 129

Machinitou, the Evil Spirit, 134

The Woman of Stone, 144

The Maiden who Loved a Fish, 147

The Lone Lightning, 151

Aggo dah gauda, 154

Piqua, 158

The Evil Maker, 177

Manabozho the Wolf, 179

The Man fish, 186

MOOWIS.

In a large village there lived a noted belle, or Ma mon dá go Kwa, who was the admiration of all the young hunters and warriors. She was particularly admired by a young man who, from his good figure and the care he took in his dress, was called the Beau Man, or Ma mon dá gin in e. This young man had a friend and companion whom he made his confidant.

"Come," said he one day, in a sportive mood, "let us go a courting to her who is so handsome, perhaps she may fancy one of us."

She would, however, listen to neither of them; and when the handsome young man rallied her on the coldness of her air, and made an effort to overcome her indifference, she repulsed him with the greatest contempt, and the young man retired confused and abashed. His sense of pride was deeply wounded, and he was the more piqued because he had been thus treated in the presence of others, and this affair had been noised about in the village, and became the talk of every lodge circle. He was, besides, a very sensitive man, and the incident so preyed upon him that he became moody and at last took to his bed. For days he would lie without uttering a word, with his eyes fixed on vacancy, and taking little or no food... Continue reading book >>




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