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Native American Stories About Pride
Here is our collection of Native American legends and traditional stories about pride.
Legends About Pride
Raccoon and the Waterfall:
Abenaki story about Azban the Raccoon paying the price for his pride.
The Mother of Serpents:
Passamaquoddy stories about an overly-proud woman giving birth to the first snakes.
The Owl Husband:
Passamaquoddy story of a haughty girl who rejects all her suitors and ends up the wife of Owl.
Why Opossum's Tail is Bare:
Cherokee legend about Opossum being punished for his pride.
Turtle Plays Football:
Maliseet legend about the culture hero Glooskap teaching his prideful uncle a lesson.
Glooscap and the Baby Gluskabe and Dzeedzeez:
Legends about the a baby teaching the Wabanaki culture hero Glooskap not to be so proud.
How the Gopher Raced with the Runners of K'iákime:
Zuni legend about a wise gopher punishing a proud tribe by defeating them in a running race.
The Legend of Spirit Rock:
Menominee legend about a man who was punished for his pride by turning into a rock.
The Dream Fast The Boy Who Became A Robin:
Ojibwe legends about a father who lost his son through pride.
An Opossum Becomes Disliked Because of His Pretty Tail:
Fox Indian legend about an opossum punished for his pride and rude behavior.
The Pretty Maiden The Good Looking Woman:
Lenape legends about a girl punished for her haughtiness.
The Warrior and the Eagle:
Lenape legend about an eagle-catcher punished for his pride.
Fish-Hawk and the Sun's Daughter:
California Indian legend about Osprey punishing Sun for his pride.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Raccoon's Last Race:
Children's book illustrating an Abenaki legend about Raccoon paying the price for his pride and untrustworthiness.
Mwakwa Talks to the Loon:
Picture book illustrating a Cree legend about a gifted hunter who becomes too proud and must ask for Loon's help in restoring balance.
The Frog Princess:
Picture book of a Tlingit folktale about an overly-proud girl who ended up marrying a frog.
The Opossum's Tale:
Children's book illustrating a Cherokee legend about a proud opossum learning a lesson.
Great Rabbit and the Long-Tailed Wildcat:
Children's book illustrating an Algonquin legend about Wildcat being punished for his proud boasting.
Children's storybook based on a Dakota legend about a woman who was too proud to treat a mouse respectfully.
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