(If you want to retell any of the stories listed below, be sure
to obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material
is not in the public domain)
story is A Whale of A Tale found
in Twenty Tellable Tales by Margaret
Read MacDonald. A really fun one for that age group (children
2) The Boy Who Became a Caribou
in Annette Harrisons' Easy to Tell Stories
for Young Children.
Tikta'liktak: An Eskimo Legend.
The Dancing Fox: Arctic Folktales BR 11387, edited by John
Bierhorst. 1 volume. A collection of 18 folktales from Alaska,
Canada, and Greenland. In these ancient tales, animals can take
human form and magic often plays a role. The stories highlight
Inuit traditions and express the human experiences of death, hunger,
sadness, and joy. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1997. Probably
not for the young ones but 10 year olds love to be scared.
5) A Kayak Full of Ghosts: Eskimo Tales
by Lawrence Millman.
"The first comprehensive collection of Eskimo folktales in
over 50 years.......not for queasy readers [it] deals with strange
and even gruesome events in the barren Artic......children who
eat their parents....men who marry rocks....old people who wed
insects....." Oh yes, there is also the story of a kayak
full of ghosts.
6) The Eskimo Storyteller by Edwin
S. Hall, Jr.
"With its voluminous and methodically organized collection
of tales and its delightful line drawings by Claire Fejes--serves
as a valuable document of a culture and lifestyle that was rapidly
changing even at the time of the book's first publication."
7) Inuit Culture and Legends
8) INUIT LEGENDS
The First Tear
9) American Folklore: Alaska State Folktale
10) Interesting sit with background information and a bit of legend.
Legends from Greenland
11) ABoriginArt Inc. - Biography Index: People, Places and Things
12) Inuit Legend
It is said that Raven made the world. He is a man with a raven's
beak. When the waters forced the ground up from the deep, Raven
stabbed it with his beak and fixed it into place. This first land
was just big enough for the house that was on it. There were three
people in the house. This was a family with a man, his wife and
their little son Raven who had fixed the land. The father had
a bladder hanging over his bed. After much pleading by Raven,
the father allowed the boy to play with it. While playing Raven
damaged the bladder and light appeared. The father, not wanting
to have light always shining, took the bladder from the boy before
he could damage it further. And that is how day and night started
over the land.
13) Legends from Greenland
12) There's Sedna : an Eskimo myth
/ adapted and illustrated by Beverly Brodsky McDermott.
Author : Brodsky, Beverly.
Publisher : New York : Viking Press, 1975.
Sedna, mother of all sea animals, tells the story of her life
and helps the starving Inuit.
13) Storm Boy / written and illustrated
by Paul Owen Lewis.
Author : Lewis, Paul Owen.
Publisher : Hillsboro, Ore. : Beyond Words Pub., c1995.
A story drawn from Haida Indian literary tradition in which a
boy falls from his canoe into a world of 18-foot tall humanlike
creatures who welcome him and eventually return him to his village.
14) The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese and
Other Tales of the Far North by Howard Norman. Harcourt
Brace, 1997. Stories with puffins, narwhales, walrus, and wooly
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