The Turtle Who Went to War: And Other Sioux Stories

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These five legends, recorded by Sioux storytellers and illustrated by Indian artists, have been handed down for generations among the Sioux. Whether you are a child or an adult, these stories offer a fascinating entrée into Sioux culture.

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These traditional stories, illustrated by Indian artists, have been handed down for generations among the Sioux. Made available in cooperation with the Fort Peck Tribal Library, they reveal a world in which animals, spirits, and humans are deeply intertwined. Although written in clear, easy to understand language, these are not children's stories, but stories from a vibrant, particular culture. Reading them will enrich the lives of anyone curious about the legends of the Sioux.
"The Turtle Who Went to War" - When the Indians eat too many Turtles, the Turtle chief becomes angry and goes on the warpath with other animals.
"Moosehide Robe Woman" - Moosehide Robe Woman secretly follows Star Boy, the man she wants to marry, into battle and helps him escape after he is captured by the enemy.
"Pet Crow" - The chief's pet crow learns that a medicine man has put a curse on the chief. The crow stays with the chief during a storm, and is burned black when the chief is struck by lightning.
"Owl Boy" - When a little boy's parents think he has died, they put him on a burial platform. An owl couple takes the boy to their nest and raise him as their son until he wants to return home.
"White Rabbit" - White Horse Woman is lonely because she wants a child. Finding a white rabbit fills White Horse Woman with happiness. When the Great Spirit sends her a baby girl, she names it White Rabbit Woman after her true friend.

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From "White Rabbit": "
Long ago there lived a chief and his wife. The chief's name was Mad Bear. He was big, strong and quite handsome. Mad Bear was a very wise and kindhearted chief. His wife's name was Gives Away White Horses Woman. Everyone in the tribe call her White Horse Woman. She was very small and beautiful with long pretty hair the color of midnight. White Horse Woman was very quiet. When she did speak, her voice was so soft the words were almost a whisper. She was a very kind and gentle woman.

"The chief and his wife longed to have a child. White Horse Woman often became very sad when she watched the children in the camp playing. Their joyful laughter often made her weep. She loved the children very much. Great Spirit, however, had not given her and Mad Bear a child to love and care for. White Horse Woman's unhappiness caused Mad Bear to feel great sadness. He tried to comfort her but she became more lonely as the seasons passed."

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