Southern Indian Myths and Legends

Southern Indian Myths and Legends


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In this reprint of this classic collection of fifty-seven tales, Indians themselves—Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, Seminoles and others—tell us about their beliefs, their traditions, their history, in myths and legends that cover the themes of world mythology. Most of the stories were recorded in the late-nineteenth century, at a time when Indian myth-keepers who remembered the tribal tales were still alive. Notes and introductory comments throughout the book provide background information for the stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588382535
Publisher: NewSouth, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 940,189
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Virginia Pounds Brown is the author of another classic books on Southern Indians—The World of the Southern Indians. She is also the author of the young-adult novels, Gold Disc of Coosa and Cochula's Journey, and a memoir, Mother and Me.

Laurella Owens has twenty years of experience as an editor for Woman's Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention. She is the author of Shalom, a study of Baptists in Israel, where she spend the first thirteen years of her life.

Nathan Glick was a combat artist in World War II and received national recognition for his war pictures. He has served as art editor for small presses and has illustrated books and a newspaper strip on Alabama history.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Myth-Keeping: Introduction 11

The Southern Tribes 14

1 How the World Began 17

The Earth Is a Great Island Cherokee 18

When the Owl Hooted Alibamo 22

A Tribe Is Born Cussita 23

Children of the Sun Yuchi 30

Nanih Waiya, Mother Mound Choctaw 31

The Origin of Races Seminole 33

The Long Journey Choctaw 34

Panti Leads the Way Chickasaw 37

Oka Falama, the Great Flood Choctaw 39

2 Gifts of the Great Spirit 43

Rabbit Steals Fire Creek 44

How Bears Lost Fire Alibamo 46

Water Spider's Tusti Bowl Cherokee 47

Grandmother and the Orphan Boy Creek 49

How Koonti Came Seminole 53

The Unknown Woman Choctaw 54

Thunder Boys Natchez 56

Whooping in the Stomp Ground Tukabachee 61

The Animals' Revenge Cherokee 63

Fire-in-the-Mouth Cherokee 67

The Tobacco Warrior Creek 69

3 Monsters, Heroes, and Spirits 71

The Haunted Whirlpool Cherokee 73

Aganunitsi's Search for the Magic Crystal Cherokee 74

A Fight Between the Tlanuwa and the Uktena Cherokee 78

The Man-Eater and the Girl Creek 81

Captured by a Lofa Chickasaw 83

Spear-finger Cherokee 85

The Cave of the Thunder People Cherokee 89

Escape from a Cliff Cave Cherokee 92

Riding a Monster Turtle Creek 94

The Hero Panther Creek 97

The Hunter and His Dog Chickasaw 99

The Sky Canoes Alibamo 100

The King of the Tie-Snakes Creek 102

Spirit Folk Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw 104

4 Sun, Moon, and Stars 107

Brothers Who Followed the Sun Choctaw 108

Buzzard and Wren Rescue the Sun Alibamo 111

The Daughter of the Sun Cherokee 112

The Milky Way Seminole 116

White Dog's Road Choctaw 117

The Moon Is a Ball Cherokee 117

The Origin of the Pleiades and the

Pine Cherokee 118

The Snake That Chased the Moon Natchez 120

Stars Visit the Earth Cherokee 121

5 Animals and Tricksters 123

The Animals' Ball Game Cherokee 124

Alligator Gets a Broken Nose Seminole 128

Tricking the Tie-Snakes Hitchiti 129

Why Possum's Tail Is Bare Cherokee 131

Tar Wolf and Rabbit Cherokee 133

Master-of-Breath Tests Rabbit Creek 134

How Deer Tricked Rabbit Cherokee 137

How the Turkey Got His Wattle Seminole 140

How Day and Night Came Creek 141

How Snakes Got Their Poison Choctaw 142

Why Snakes Can Bite Seminole 143

How the Bear Lost His Tail Choctaw 144

Rooster and Fox Catawba 145

A Race Between the Hummingbird and the Crane Choctaw 146

How the Turtle Got a Checked Shell Creek 148

How Possums Are Born Creek 149

The Ground-Watcher Chitimacha 149

Telling of Legends 151

About the Illustrations 152

Bibliography 154

Index 157

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