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The value of working hard and not complaining about it is something that is extolled in the religions, literature, and children's stories of every culture in the world, and Native American cultures are no exception. This theme is especially common in Native American teaching stories for children, in which trickster animals get themselves into all kinds of trouble while trying to avoid work and children are often able to escape from ogres and other monsters through industrious efforts and teamwork. In Native American stories aimed at adults, the laziness of tricksters is more nuanced-- their aversion to hard work is often derided by other characters and mocked by the storytellers, but at the same time no one can help but admire their ingenuity in escaping from their responsibilities.
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