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Thirty Indian Legends   By: (1877-)

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The book "Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister offers readers a fascinating collection of traditional stories that provide insight into the rich cultural heritage of Native American tribes.

The author presents these legends with great care and respect, ensuring that the essence of each story is preserved while also making them accessible to a wider audience. Bemister's writing style is clear and engaging, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the tales and appreciate the symbolism, morals, and wisdom embedded within.

One of the highlights of this book is the diversity of legends from different Native American tribes, capturing the essence of their distinct cultures and beliefs. From the Inuit of the Arctic to the Apache of the Southwest, each legend offers a unique glimpse into the traditions and folklore embraced by these tribes. This diversity is a testament to Bemister's meticulous research and her dedication to presenting an authentic portrayal of Native American mythology.

The legends themselves are captivating, often filled with magical creatures, heroic deeds, and spiritual teachings. Through these stories, Bemister explores various themes such as the importance of respecting nature, the value of perseverance in the face of adversity, and the interconnectedness of all living beings. Each legend not only entertains but also conveys important life lessons that remain relevant even in modern times.

Another noteworthy aspect of the book is the inclusion of beautiful illustrations that accompany each legend. These vivid and evocative images serve to enhance the reading experience, bringing the characters and landscapes to life. The artwork, coupled with the descriptive language employed by Bemister, transports readers to a world of enchantment and wonder.

While "Thirty Indian Legends" is undoubtedly a captivating read, some readers might yearn for more context and historical background about the tribes and regions represented in the book. Although Bemister provides brief introductions for each legend, a deeper exploration of the cultural significance behind these stories would have further enriched the reading experience.

Overall, "Thirty Indian Legends" is an enchanting collection that celebrates the enduring mythical heritage of Native American tribes. Margaret Bemister's meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and breathtaking illustrations make this book a treasure trove of wisdom and imagination. Whether you are an avid folklore enthusiast or simply interested in expanding your understanding of Native American culture, this book is a must-read.

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[Frontispiece: THE WINDMAKER]











For the most part the legends here told are drawn from original sources. Many of the stories are printed for the first time; others have been adapted from well known authorities. The author wishes to acknowledge in this latter connection help received from the collection, "The Indian in his Wigwam." Thanks are also due to Mr. G. H. Dunn, St. Andrew's Locks, Manitoba, for the "Sleep Fairies"; to Mr. C. Linklater, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, for the "Adventures of Wesakchak"; to Mr. J. S. Logie, Summerland, British Columbia, for "The Chief's Bride"; to the Okanagan chief, Antowyne, for the other Okanagan legends; and to a paper read before the Royal Society of Canada by Mr. G. M. Dawson, for "The Old Stump."

The last story in the book, "A Battle with the Sioux," although not a legend of the Indians, has been inserted as a true picture of Indian life and customs, and an interesting account of their contact with and relation to the white men.


September 15, 1912.


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