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Native American Stories About Humility

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

Legends About Humility

Glooscap and the Baby * Gluskabe and Dzeedzeez:
    Legends about the Wabanaki culture hero Glooskap learning humility from a baby.
Run, Rabbit, Run:
    Mi'kmaq story in which Rabbit learns to be more humble after a last-minute rescue by Glooscap.
Why Opossum's Tail is Bare:
    Cherokee legend about Opossum being taught a lesson in humility.
How the Gopher Raced with the Runners of K'iákime:
    Zuni legend about a wise gopher punishing a haughty tribe for their lack of humility by defeating them in a running race.
*The Meesink Story:
    Lenape legend about the supernatural being Misingw learning humility.
*The Warrior and the Eagle:
    Lenape legend about a giant eagle teaching a warrior to be humble.
    Oral history from a Cree elder illustrating the traditional value of humility.
*Kichimitaw, the Great Shaman:
    Audio recordings of a Cree elder relating a folktale teaching humility.
*Why Blackfeet Never Kill Mice:
    Blackfoot legend about Mouse humbly giving up his chieftancy to Man.
*Fish-Hawk and the Sun's Daughter:
    California Indian legend about Osprey teaching Sun a lesson about humility.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Turtle's Race With Beaver:
    Lively picture book illustrating a Seneca legend about Beaver learning a lesson about humility.
The Opossum's Tale:
    Children's book illustrating a Cherokee legend about a vain opossum learning humility.

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