Indian Fairy Tales

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The lion and the crane -- How the Raja's son won the Princess Labam -- The lambikin -- Punchkin -- The broken pot -- The magic fiddle -- The cruel crane outwitted -- Loving Laili -- The tiger, the Brahman, and the jackal -- The soothsayer's son -- Harisarman -- The charmed ring -- The talkative tortoise -- A lac of rupees for a piece of advice -- The gold-giving serpent -- The son of seven queens -- A lesson for kings -- Pride goeth before a fall -- Raja Rasalu -- The ass in the lion's skin -- The farmer and the money-lender -- The boy who had a moon on his forehead and a star on his chin -- The prince and the fakir -- Why the fish laughed -- The demon with the matted hair -- The ivory city and its fairy princess -- Sun, moon, and wind go out to dinner -- How the wicked sons were duped -- The pigeon and the crow.

This magnificent collection gathers 160 tales from 80 tribal gathers to offer a rich and lively panorama of the Native American mythic heritage. From all across the continent come tales of creation and love, of heroes and war, of animals, tricksters, and the end of the world. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and master storyteller, Indian voices in the best folkloric sources of the nineteenth century to make this the most comprehensive and authentic volume of American Indian myths available anywhere.With black-and-white drawings throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library