Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children

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Once our fathers own these lands of New York State. Once the Iroquois were great people. Their council fires burn from Hudson on east to Lake Erie on west, from rising to setting sun. Then White man come. He ask for small seat size buffalo skin. He take larger and larger one, till Indian have but small place to sit. Now we have little left but stories of our fathers. They, too, will soon be lost and forgotten, but a voice has come to speak for us. Yeh sen noh wehs--the one who tells the stories--will carry these stories of our fathers to Paleface. She will help White man to understand Indian, Indian to be understood. She will have all men brothers. Indian's heart is glad that Yeh sen noh wehs, our white friend, has come to us. She have good eyes. She see right. She like things Indian. She try to preserve them. Our old men and women tell her the stories told them, many, many moons ago, when little children. CONTENTS PAGE ACKNOWLEDGMENT FOREWORD BY THE CHIEFS INTRODUCTORY HOW THE STORIES CAME TO BE WHY I WAS CALLED THE STORY-TELLER THE LITTLE PEOPLE STORY-TELLING TIME HOW THE IROQUOIS GIVE THANKS A FIREMAKER AND A PEACEMAKER IROQUOIS WONDER STORIES HOW THE WHITE MAN CAME WHY THE EAGLE DEFENDS AMERICANS HOW THE TURKEY BUZZARD GOT HIS SUIT WHY THE PARTRIDGE DRUMS HOW THE INDIANS LEARNED TO HEAL WHY DOGS CHASE FOXES WHY HERMIT THRUSH IS SO SHY HOW GOOD AND EVIL CAME TO BE HOW A BOY WAS CURED OF BOASTING WHY THE CUCKOO IS SO LAZY HOW THE COON OUTWITTED THE FOX WHY THE GOLDFINCHES LOOK LIKE THE SUN WHAT THE ASH AND THE MAPLE LEARNED HOW THE WOMAN OVERCAME THE BEAR WHY THE WOODPECKER BORES FOR ITS FOOD WHY THE ICE ROOF FELL WHY THE CHIPMUNK HAS BLACK STRIPES HOW TWO INDIAN BOYS SETTLED A QUARREL HOW MICE OVERCAME THE WARRIORS WHY CROWS ARE POOR WHY THE INDIAN LOVES HIS DOG GREEDY FAWN AND THE PORRIDGE WHY HOUNDS OUTRUN OTHER ANIMALS WHY INDIANS NEVER SHOOT PIGEONS HOW OLD MAN WINTER WAS DRIVEN BACK WHY LIGHTNING SOMETIMES STRIKES WHY THE HARE HAS A SPLIT LIP AND SHORT TAIL CORN PLUME AND BEAN MAIDEN HOW THE ROBIN BURNED HIS BREAST IROQUOIS FAIRY STORIES HOW MORNING STAR LOST HER FISH HOW LITTLE SHOOTER LOST HIS LUCK HOW AN INDIAN BOY WON HIS NAME HOW THE FAIRIES WORKED MAGIC