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Native American Stories About Vanity

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

Legends About Vanity

Gluskonba and the Four Wishes * Glooskap Grants Three Wishes:
    Wabanaki stories about a conceited man punished for his vanity, while a humble hunter is rewarded.
Why Opossum's Tail is Bare:
    Cherokee legend about Opossum being punished for his vanity.
Lox and Mouin:
    Maliseet legend about Lox the Wolverine murdering a bear by playing on his vanity.
*How the Beaver Got His Tail:
    Ojibwe legend about a vain Beaver losing his fluffy tail.
*How Porcupine Got His Quills:
    Menominee legend about Porcupine being punished for his vanity.
*An Opossum Becomes Disliked Because of His Pretty Tail:
    Fox Indian legend about an opossum punished for his vanity and rude behavior.
    Lenape folktale about a handsome gambler learning not to be so vain.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The Opossum's Tale:
    Children's book illustrating a Cherokee legend about a vain opossum learning a lesson.
Nanabosho Grants a Wish:
    A nice retelling of a Chippewa Indian legend about a vain man whose careless wishes turn him into a tree.

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