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American Indian Fairy Tales

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Iagoo, the story-teller knew the fairy tales and wonder stories told him by his grandfather. Where did robin get his red breast? How did fire find its way into the wood? Why was Coyote more clever that the other animals? Iagoo would answer these questions with his stories. Adapted from legends collected by noted ethnologist Henry R. Schoolcraft in the Lake Superior region ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published July 22nd 2003 by University Press of the Pacific (first published 1920)
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Thom Swennes
Jun 29, 2013 Thom Swennes rated it liked it
It is remarkable how similar these American Indian tales are to traditional European fairy tales. Many of them could be brought under the category of fable, allegory or parable as many have a moral or lesson to live by. Many are extremely perfervid and leave a marked impression on the reader. Right and good always defeat the peccant wrongdoer. This book, though relatively short (100 pages) it relates ten myths explaining everything from the creation of mountains to the changing of the seasons. A ...more
Abu Hasan
Jun 11, 2011 Abu Hasan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عندما بدأت بقراءة الكتاب، لم أكن أتوقع سوى كتاب خفيف أجد فيه بعض المتعة من خلال قصص خيالية تحمل طابع قوم لا أعرف عنهم شيئا إلا ما شاهدته من خلال الأفلام الهوليودية

الحقيقة، إن الكتاب رغم بساطته والطابع الخيالي الذي يطغى عليه، إلا أنه عميق جدا...

هذا الكتاب يظهر كيف يتماهى الإنسان مع الموجودات من حوله... من حيوانات وجمادات وظواهر طبيعية... كل هذه الموجودات بنظر الهندي هي كائنات عاقلة مفكرة ناظقة... لا تكتفي بوجودها وجودا جامدا وإنما تؤدي دورا في الحياة... فالهندي يتماهى مع كل ما يحيط به، حتى الريح
Douglas Cootey
I've come to the end of another lovely collection of folktales. This collection was important to me because it was given to me by my grandmother almost thirty years ago. The book originally belonged to my great grandmother. She was apparently a fan of art and had enjoyed the illustrations. There were other illustrations tucked inside from another book, as well. I tracked down the book they came from, which is a story for another day. I usually left the book on the shelf because it was so old and ...more
Apr 09, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fairy-tales
I love fairy tales. Always have. It was great to be able to take a look at the fairy tales of another culture. They felt more like folk tales than fairy tales, but oh well. Some of them had moments of each, and I enjoyed the stories. It was an impulse buy, and I'm really glad that I picked it up.
Sep 02, 2007 Mohammad added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: frinds
its a nice and good book
Aug 26, 2013 Gale added it


During the 30 years during which Henry Schoolcraft lived among the Indians of the Great Lakes area, he undertook a personal mission to learn their folklore and then transcribe into English. This book offers ten Native American fairy tales on fine quality paper with excellent color illustrations by John Rae. Whether they are tales of adventure, love, or quests for glory and improvement of the tribe, they reve
I'm not much of a sociologist, but these enchanting tales fascinated me. Like European fairy tales (but unlike, for instance, Japanese Fairy Tales), these tend to have clear morals, reward good, and act as cautionary tales.

Also like European mythology, the 'spirit' or 'soul' appears as a puff of white smoke when it's visible. Is that common to all of humanity - that the 'ghost in the machine' is an ethereal substance, and white?

Less surprisingly, lots of talking animals, and tales about when the
May 03, 2015 Hadeel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
كنت قرأت في طفولتي قصصًا للهنود الحمر و هذه القصص لم تكن بنص جودة ما قرأت سابقًا.
ميقات الراجحي
من ترجمات هيئة أبوظبي للثقافة والتراث
هذه القصص التي تمثل لنا تلاحم الهنود الحمر مع كل ما هو كائن حي وغير حي بالنسبة لهم
زعجبتني تسمياتهم للأشياء

ليس كما تصورهم كتب تاريخ المحتل الإمريكي عندما قضوا عليهم وعلى ثقافتهم وفلكلورهم
مجرد 9 قصص شعبية ويوجد كذلك في مجموعة أخرى
حكايات قبيلة الشيروكي

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Abdulaziz Fagih

it sound like children stories and the guy who's reading also preform as his listeners are children
Sep 28, 2011 mar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great tales, with lots of imagination and parts of Indian mythology.
Mar 02, 2011 hissi rated it it was amazing
one of the best fairt tales i've ever came across with
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