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Native American Gratitude Mythology

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

Native American Gratitude Gods and Spirits

Native American Legends About Gratitude

Indian Summer * Nibunalnoba, the Indian Summer:
    Abenaki-Penobscot legends about the gift of "Indian Summer" and how it reminds the people to be grateful.
Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice:
    Blackfoot Indian legend about the tribe's gratitude to Mouse for giving them leadership over all the animals.
The Badger and the Bear:
    Lakota Indian story about an ungrateful bear punished for turning on a badger family that had helped him in his time of need.
*Corn Mother:
    Lenape legend about the people learning a lesson about gratitude.
*The Warrior and the Eagle:
    Lenape legend about an eagle-catcher learning to be grateful for nature's gifts.
*The First Winter:
    Nipmuc myth about the Great Spirit creating winter to punish ungrateful people.
*Blue Jay And Lizard And The Grizzly-Bears:
    California Indian legend about the destruction of a family of ungrateful grizzly bears who refused to share food.

Recommended Books of Gratitude Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

Brother Wolf: A Seneca Tale:
    Picture book based on a Seneca legend about Wolf giving the birds their colors out of gratitude for a favor they did him.



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