Many different people from many parts of the United States and beyond comprise the group of people called Native Americans. The books below are a small sampling of their rich and diverse lore. For more stories, please click here for another Native American Legends and Tales booklist.

  • The Legend of the Lady Slipper: An Ojibwe Tale

    In this retelling of an Ojibwe tale, a girl's act of bravery to save her family leads to the appearance in the world of the delicate and tender flower called the lady's slipper.

  • Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest

    Coyote, who has a nose for trouble, insists that the crows teach him how to fly, but the experience ends in disaster for him. An adaptation of a Zuni folktale.

  • Coyote Goes Walking

    Coyote-a creator, a messenger, and, above all, a trickster-is at his mischievous best in these adventures retold from Native American sources. Brilliant illustrations depict the playful character in four tales: "Coyote Creates a New World," "Coyote and Mice," "Coyote and Woodpecker," and "Coyote and the Buffalo Bull."

  • Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale

    Silly kids, tricks are for rabbits! Chukfi Rabbit, that is. The laziest—and hungriest—trickster rabbit there is! A classic trickster tale in the Choctaw tradition.

  • Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies

    Coyote is tricked by some butterflies who laugh so hard about their joke that they cannot fly straight. A delightful retelling of a Tewa legend.

  • Storm Maker's Tipi

    The origination of the tipi and what it has come to symbolize is told in this Siksika (Blackfoot) legend by the Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.

  • Coyote Steals the Blanket

    A retelling of a traditional Ute tale recounts the story of the thieving Coyote, the beautiful blanket that he steals, and the hummingbird, who tries to save Coyote from the wrath of the spirit of the great desert.

  • Spider Spins a Story: Fourteen legends from Native America

    Presents tales from various native peoples, including the Kiowa, Zuni, Cherokee, Hopi, Lakota, and Muskogee, all featuring a spider character. Brief introductions precede the selections and the book concludes with source notes and information about the illustrators.

  • Turtle Island: Tales of the Algonquian Nations

    A collection of twenty tales from the different tribes that are part of the Algonquian peoples who lived from the Middle Atlantic States up through eastern Canada. Each of the brief legends includes a notation citing its origin, as well as an accompanying black-and-white illustration.

  • Trickster and the Fainting Birds

    A collection of seven Cree and Chippewa trickster tales. Like trickster figures the world round, this Algonquian mischief-maker prods our imagination and makes us laugh deep in our hearts. In forty-two luminescent, richly detailed paintings, Tom Pohrt follows Trickster’s trail—across frozen lakes and thawing marshes—on a journey that carries us from trouble, to laughter, and, finally, to wisdom.

  • Baby Rattlesnake

    Willful Baby Rattlesnake throws tantrums to get his rattle before he's ready, but he misuses it and learns a lesson. Adapted from the work of Te Ata, a Chickasaw storyteller now in her 90s, the story is fast moving, dramatic, and economically told.

  • The Boy Who Lived with the Seals

    In a traditional story from the Chinook people of the Northwest, a young boy disappears and is found years later, swimming with the seals. A lost boy who has grown up in the sea with seals returns to his tribe but is strangely changed.

  • Brother Wolf: A Seneca Tale

    When Wolf, who is a friend to everyone, falls victim to Raccoon's teasing, he calls on the birds--Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Oriole, Hummingbird, Goldfinch, Owl, and Duck--for aid.

  • Coyote Speaks: Wonders of the Native American World

    A one-of-a-kind compilation of beliefs, stories, and cultural artifacts from Native American tribes. Coyote Speaks explains how to look at and appreciate Native American culture. For thousands of years, tribal ways and wisdom have been passed down in story, song, dance, and art from elder to child, from tribe to tribe, and from Native peoples to the world at large. This book gathers many of these beliefs and traditions, enabling the outsider to appreciate the vast and diverse world of the First People.

  • The Magic of Spider Woman

    Retells the Navajo tale of how a stubborn girl learns from the Spider Woman how to keep life in balance by respecting its boundaries.

  • Rainbow Crow: A Lenape Tale

    When the weather changes and the ever-falling snow threatens to engulf all the animals, it is Crow who flies up to receive the gift of fire from the Great Sky Spirit.

  • The Rough-Face Girl

    In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being.

  • Sootface: An Ojibwa Cinderella Story

    Although she is mocked and mistreated by her two older sisters, an Indian maiden wins a mighty invisible warrior for her husband with her kind and honest heart.

  • Star Maiden: An Ojibway Tale

    Tired of wandering in the sky, the star maiden searches for the perfect home on earth.

  • They Dance in the Sky

    A collection of legends about the stars from various North American Indian cultures, including explanations of the Milky Way and constellations such as the Big Dipper.

  • Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back: A Native American Year of Moons

    In Native American legend, the thirteen scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to the thirteen cycles of the moon and the changing seasons. These lyrical poems and striking paintings celebrate the wonder of the seasons, from the Northern Cheyenne's Moon of the Popping Trees to the Big Moon of the Abenaki. Celebrates the seasons of the year through poems from the legends of such Native American tribes as the Cherokee, Cree, and Sioux.