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Native American Stories About Boasting

Here is our collection of Native American legends and traditional stories about boasting.

Legends About Boasting

Raccoon and the Waterfall:
    Abenaki story about Azban the Raccoon paying the price for his boastfulness.
*How a Woman Lost a Gun for Fear of the Weewillmekq':
    19th-century Wabanaki Indian story about a boastful woman who was not as brave as she claimed to be.
    (Our Wabanaki volunteers are adamant that it is her empty boasting, not her gender, that is her downfall in this story--
    our Passamaquoddy speaker knows similar stories with men as the main characters.)
The Hungry Fox and the Boastful Suitor:
    Iroquois legend about Fox making a fool out of a boastful man.
Why Opossum's Tail is Bare:
    Cherokee Indian legend about Opossum being punished for his boasting.
*How the Beaver Got His Tail:
    Ojibwe legend about a boastful beaver losing his fluffy tail.
*The Falcon and the Duck:
    Blackfoot folktale about a foolish duck paying the price for empty boasting.
*Legend of the Crazy Dog Society:
    Blackfoot myth about a boastful and immoral war chief shown up by his brave nephew.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

How Chipmunk Got His Stripes:
    Delightful picture book illustrating a Woodland Indian legend about Chipmunk using Bear's boastfulness to make a fool of him.
Raccoon's Last Race:
    Another good children's book illustrating an Abenaki legend about Raccoon living to regret boasting so much.
How Turtle's Back Was Cracked:
    Picture book based on a Cherokee Indian myth about Turtle paying the price for his bragging.
The Opossum's Tale:
    Children's book illustrating a Cherokee legend about a boasting opossum learning a lesson.
Great Rabbit and the Long-Tailed Wildcat:
    Children's book illustrating an Algonquin legend about Wildcat being punished for his proud boasting.



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