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Native American Stories About Cruelty
Here is our collection of Native American legends and traditional stories about cruelty.
Legends About Cruelty
The Legend of Oochigeas The Rough-Faced Girl The Invisible One:
Maliseet and Micmac variants of the French Cinderella story, in which the good-natured heroine is rewarded
while her cruel sisters are punished.
Penobscot Indian story about a girl's escape from cruel captors with the help of a medicine child.
The Deserted Children:
Gros Ventre legend about two abandoned children who gained magical powers and took revenge on their cruel relatives.
The Ghost Stallion:
Cree legend about a man who was punished for his cruelty to animals.
The Revenge of the Mountain Goats:
Cree legend about a group of hunters punished for their cruelty.
Dene oral history about a woman abandoned in the wilderness by her cruel husband and mother-in-law.
Coyote, the Deer, and the Wind:
Caddo legend about the Wind punishing Coyote for his cruelty.
Evening-Star and Orphan-Star:
Caddo legend about a cruelly treated boy becoming a star.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
A Man Called Raven:
Beautiful book by a Native author and artist illustrating a Northwest Coast legend warning against cruelty to animals.
Children's book illustrating a Southwest Indian legend about Rattlesnake learning to defend himself against cruel neighbors.
The Rough-Face Girl:
Beautiful picture book based on Mi'kmaq and Maliseet stories about a cruelly treated girl finding a new life for herself.
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