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Native American Stories About Rudeness

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

Legends About Rudeness

*How Glooskap Changed Saucy Indians into Rattlesnakes:
    Passamaquoddy folktale about the culture hero punishing insolent men by turning them into rattlesnakes.
*The Mother of Serpents:
    Passamaquoddy story about a witch who cursed a woman who was rude to her.
*The Merry Tales of Lox, The Mischief-Maker:
    A long Wabanaki epic about Lox the Wolverine, including Lox being repeatedly killed for his insulting mockery and rudeness.
Chipmunk and Bear:
    An Iroquois legend about Chipmunk being punished for his rudeness.
*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 being rude to her suitors.
The Offended Heron:
    Algonquin Indian legend about a heron's revenge on a wolf who was rude to him.
*The Stubborn Girl:
    Lenape legend about a young girl punished for being rude to a dog.
*The Seagull and the Whiskey Jacks:
    Chapleau Cree story about seagulls becoming disliked for their rude behavior.
*Bitter Spirit and the Stone:
    Swampy Cree legend about a rock punishing the trickster hero for calling it names.
*Cipayak, the Northern Lights:
    Cree legend about a disobedient youth who offended the Northern Lights.

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 being rude to other animals.
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes:
    Another good picture book illustrating a Woodlands Indian legend about Chipmunk being punished for his rudeness to Bear.
Raccoon's Last Race:
    Children's book illustrating an Abenaki legend about Raccoon paying the price for his rudeness and untrustworthiness.
The Frog Princess:
    Picture book of a Tlingit folktale about a rude and haughty girl who ended up marrying a frog.



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