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StorytellingWhile Native American culture has struggled to survive through centuries of  displacement and assimilation, the stories and legends passed on from generation to generation refuse to die; this is perhaps due to their common, timeless message of peace and harmony with nature, which is now more relevant with each passing year.

Long ago, before the conquistadors, colonists, missionaries, and settlers came to North-America from Europe, there were thousands of tribes, clans, and peoples of various beliefs and customs living in longhouses, teepees, aps, and other dwellings; hunting, fishing, farming and gathering, only taking what was needed, and making the most of every animal killed in the hunt, or plant which had been harvested.

While cultures and customs varied, all Native American Indian beliefs were rooted in Animism, meaning that they believed the universe was bound together by the spirits within all natural life, from plants, animals, humans, water, and even the Earth itself.

This website is an ever growing resource designed to keep the stories and legends of various aboriginal cultures alive.  Although all of the texts appearing on this site are in the English language, our goal was to present each text in it's earliest translated form, so that the richness of the details would still be present; undiluted from centuries of retellings.

We recognize that there are many more stories and legends which do not yet appear on this site, and that there are many other tribes which are not yet represented in our list, but we intend to add more texts in the future, based on suggestions and submissions.  For now, enjoy the ancient lore of the Algonquin, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chinook, Choctaw, Chumash, Comanche, Creek, Hopi, Iroquois, Lakota, Lenape, Mohawk, Navajo, Seneca, Sioux, and others, and share your comments and ideas on our Forum.

By keeping Native American culture alive through storytelling, we may learn a thing or two about the world we live in.


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Last modified: May 13, 2003