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Indian Why Stories

by Frank B. Linderman

Why the chipmunk's back is striped -- How the ducks got their fine feathers -- Why the kingfisher always wears a war-bonnet -- Why the curlew's bill is long and crooked -- Old-man remakes the world -- Why Blackfeet never kill mice -- How the otter skin became great "medicine" -- Old-man steals the sun's leggings -- Old-man and his conscience -- Old-man's treachery -- Why the night-hawk's wings are beautiful -- Why the mountain-lion is long and lean -- The fire-leggings -- The moon and the great snake -- Why the deer has no gall -- Why Indians whip the buffalo-berries from the bushes -- Old-man and the fox -- Why the birch-tree wears the slashes in its bark -- Mistakes of Old-man -- How the man found his mate -- Dreams -- Retrospection.

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