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Native American Stories About Tails

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

Legends About Tails

Why Opossum's Tail is Bare * Opossum's Pretty Tail:
    Native American legends about a vain opossum losing his beautiful tail.
Fox Plays a Trick * How the Bear Lost His Tail:
    Algonquian legends about animals being tricked into trapping their tails in the ice.
*How the Beaver Got His Tail:
    Ojibwe legend about Beaver's flat tail.
*The Legend of the Dog Tails * Why Dogs Sniff Each Other:
    Humorous Algonquian folktales about the tails of dogs.
*Beaver and Muskrat:
    Menominee legend about Beaver stealing Muskrat's tail.
*Rabbit's Wish For Snow:
    Narragansett legend about how Rabbit got his unusual shape.
*Turkey Buzzard and the Sun:
    Lenape legend explaining how opossums got their hairless tails.
*Coyote Goes Fishing:
    Caddo legend about a man who takes revenge on Coyote by trapping his tail in the ice.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The Opossum's Tale:
    Children's book illustrating a Cherokee legend about how the possum got his scaly tail.

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