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Native American Stories About Foolishness

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

Legends About Foolishness

Raccoon and the Waterfall:
    Abenaki story about Azban the Raccoon trying to out-shout a waterfall.
How Wolverine Was Frozen To Death:
    Micmac-Maliseet legend about Loks the Wolverine wasting all his fire magic on frivolous things.
Glooskap Grants Three Wishes:
    Wabanaki stories about foolish and superficial wishes backfiring on the people who made them.
The Lazy Rabbit * Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting * Rabbit and Otter:
    "Bungling host" stories from many different eastern tribes, in which Rabbit foolishly tries to mimic how other animals procure food.
Two Foolish Girls * The Women Who Married Stars:
    Ojibwa and Micmac Indian stories about girls who foolishly wish to marry stars.
*The Foolish Dogs:
    Narragansett story of how dogs lost their voices through their foolishness.
*The Falcon and the Duck:
    Blackfoot folktale about a foolish duck paying the price for empty boasting.
*Why Curlew Has A Crooked Bill:
    Blackfoot story about Old-Man's foolishness getting him crushed by a rock.
*Coyote's Eyes Are Replaced by Buckeyes: * Coyote Loses His Eyes:
    Plains Indian legends about trickster characters losing their eyes through foolish misuse of magic.
*Coyote Gets Rich off the White Men: * Coyote Shows How He Can Lie:
    Humorous Apache legends about Coyote tricking foolish people out of their possessions.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Trickster: Native American Tales:
    Stories of trickery and foolishness told by Native American storytellers from various tribes.
    This collection is suitable for all ages.

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