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Indian Why Stories (Dover Children's Classics) Paperback – October 13, 1995

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Old-man, or Napa, as he was called by the Blackfeet, is an extraordinary character in Indian stories. Both powerful and fallible, he appears in different guises: god or creator, fool, thief, clown. The world he made is marvelous but filled with mistakes. As a result, tensions between the haves and have-nots explode with cosmic consequences in Indian Why Stories.

Elders of the Blackfeet, Cree, and Chippewa (Ojibwa) people shared these wonderful tales with Frank B. Linderman in the late nineteenth century and early years of the twentieth century. War Eagle (the fictional name of Linderman’s friend and Chippewa medicine man Pah-nah-to, or Full-of-dew), tells these stories to attentive youngsters after the first frost in the fall. He speaks of animal people, including a deer and an antelope in a footrace, a dancing fox who convulses a buffalo with laughter, a white beaver and ghost people, a huge snake in love with the moon, a sparrow hawk of conscience, and many others. These sparkling tales reveal a reverence for life, honesty, and the unity of creation.

This expanded edition features thirteen previously unpublished verse stories along with an introduction to those stories by Sarah Waller Hatfield, granddaughter of Linderman.

Frank B. Linderman (1869–1938) spent his adult life in Montana, first as a trapper and then as an author, politician, and businessman. He lived closely with the Salish, Blackfeet, Crows, and other Native peoples in the region and is the author of Plenty-coups: Chief of the Crows and Pretty-shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows, both available in Bison Books edition. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Frank B. Linderman kept as close as possible to the Indian style of storytelling, using only the tales told him by elders of the Blackfeet, Chippewa, and Cree tribes. Indian Why Stories, originally published in 1915, recreates a cozy scene: a medicine man sits before a lodge fire relating tales of the old days to grandchildren not ready for bed. These stories have a moral framework, revealing a reverence for life, emphasis on honesty, and lack of bigotry.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dover Children's Classics
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (October 13, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486288005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486288000
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Why" was a little of what I expected, didn't give me enough, but tossed in some extras. I thought it would be almost an encyclopedia of tales about "where things came from." It did that, but too, way too few of them. What was there covered a pretty broad range from how chipmunks got their stripes to the Great Flood. With that spectrum, a lot more stories could have been told. What I did enjoy was the narrator's background on many of the stories. I'd almost prefer to have more of that if I couldn't get more actual stories. All that said, the narrative was charming and seemed true to the nature of the book.
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By diva on November 20, 2012
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I hoped to read it to my children, but the book was written above thier listening level. They are 4 and 6. Maybe next year.
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I have always loved native American stories,and this book is a great one. I highly recommend it to other Kindle readers.
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indian way stories is wonderful...
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