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Native American Stories About Courage

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

Legends About Courage

Gluskonba and the Four Wishes:
    Abenaki Indian story about about a cowardly man punished for his lack of courage, while a humble hunter is rewarded.
*The Legend of Oochigeas * The Rough-Faced Girl * The Invisible One:
    Maliseet and Micmac variants of the French Cinderella story, stressing the bravery rather than the beauty of the heroine.
    Oral history from a Dene elder illustrating the traditional values of hope and courage.
*Legend of the Crazy Dog Society:
    Blackfoot myth about magical Little People who teach powerful coyote medicine to a brave boy.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Field Mouse Goes to War:
    Wonderfvul version of a Hopi Indian myth about the small but brave hero Warrior Mouse, with illustrations by a Hopi artist.
The Story of Jumping Mouse:
    Award-winning picture book based on a Native American story of a mouse rewarded for his courage and generosity..
Blue Jay Girl:
    Charming picture book by a Chukchansi author about a girl learning to value her own bravery.
Rainbow Crow:
    Picture book based on a Lenape legend about Crow courageously risking his life to help his friends.
Maiden of the Mist: A Legend of Niagara Falls:
    Children's book based on the Seneca Indian legend of a brave girl who sacrifices herself to save her people.
Spotted Eagle and Black Crow:
    Children's book based on Sioux Indian legends about a disloyal friend who finds redemption through a brave death in battle.

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