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Native American Stories About Promises

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

Legends About Promises

The Poor Turkey Girl:
    Zuni Indian fable about a girl who forgot her promise to the turkeys with disastrous results.
*The Silver Pipe:
    New England Indian legend about a greedy woman who learned to keep her promises to the dead.
*The Hunter and the Owl:
    Lenape legend about a man who forgot his promise to an owl.
*Buffalo and Eagle Wing:
    Blackfoot Indian legend about a broken promise to the buffaloes.
*How Nighthawk Got His Fine Clothes:
    Blackfoot story about Old-Man breaking his promise to a stone.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Raccoon's Last Race:
    Children's book illustrating an Abenaki legend about Raccoon paying the price for boasting and breaking promises.
The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story:
    Picture book telling a Zuni folktale about an orphan girl who learns a hard lesson about keeping her word.

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