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THE DIVER AND THE NORTH WIND

Category: Tales

Long, long ago, in the time when only a few people lived on the earth, there was a tribe of fishermen. In sum­mer they travelled far to the North where they found good fish in abundance. But in winter they had to return to the warmer part of the country because the ruler of the […]



OSSEO, THE SON OF THE EVENING STAR

Category: Tales

Once upon a time, on the shores of the great lake, Gitchee-Gumee, there lived a hunter who had ten beau­tiful young daughters. Many young men who had heard of their beauty came to see them and brought presents to them and to their father. One by one, the daughters married. Nine of them had already […]



THE STORY OF SCAR-FACE

Category: Tales

Scar-face was brave but poor. His parents had died when he was a boy; he had not any brothers or sisters, aunts or uncles, and he lived quite alone. He was a very good hunter but he never killed more than he needed for himself. This, and also the ugly scar across his face, left […]



THE HEALING WATERS

Category: Tales

It was winter, the snow lay thickly on the ground and the weather was very cold. It was time to go hunting, but Nekumonta, the best hunter of the village, could not leave his wigwam. Together with the cold weather a terrible fever came to the village. Every wigwam had suffered from it. In a […]



NANABOZO, THE FRIEND OF MEN

Category: Tales

Many stories are told about Nanabozo, the great hero who lived long, long ago when there were few people on the Earth. Some old men say that Nanabozo was sent to the Earth by Gitchee Manito to teach people how to live and to make them wiser and better, and that he was a ma- […]



THE ORIGIN OF FIRE

Category: Tales

From this story you will learn how Nanabozo brought fire to the Indians and how he made the first canoe. When Nanabozo was still a youth he lived with his grandmother Nokomis and his brother Chibiabos in a land where the sun never shone and the sky was always covered with clouds. It was cold […]



DAY AND NIGHT

Category: Tales

Once Nanabozo asked Nokomis why it was always so dark in their country. He had seen daylight and the bright and warm sunshine in the land of the Old Man in the East and he wanted it to be the same way here, where his kinsmen, the Indians, lived. “It is always gloomy here,” said […]



THE ORIGIN OF MAPLE-SUGAR

Category: Tales

When the Sun began to shine in their country, Noko­mis noticed that the trees which grew near her wigwam were covered with ants. At first she could not understand why it was so, but soon she saw that the ants gathered in such places where the sap came out through the bark of the trees. […]



MISHE-NOMAK, THE GIANT FISH

Category: Tales

From the Indians who lived on the shores of Gitchee- Gumee Nanabozo had heard about a water monster, or a giant fish, which often caught fishermen, dragged them into the lake and swallowed them. The name of this fish was Mishe-Nomak, and it was one of the monsters created by Chakeke-Napok, the enemy of men. […]



NANABOZO AND THE BABY

Category: Tales

In the course of time Nanabozo killed all the monsters created by Chakeke-Napok and subdued most of the evil manitoes that lived on the Earth. The Indians could now enjoy a quiet and happy life. After all his victories Nana­bozo for the first time allowed himself to rest a little and went to a feast […]






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