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The Long Winter The Long Winter

The Long Winter
It was almost summer time when some boys who were playing in a boat pulled out of the water a long piece of drifting seaweed and put it in again on the other side of the canoe. For this trifling, not only the mischievous boys were punished, but all the people in their village. For winter at once came on again with fresh fury, and snow was piled so high in front of the houses that the people were soon in want of food. Their winter stores were exhausted, and they would have starved to death, had it not been for... Short Stories - Post by : network - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 2235

The Self-burning Fire The Self-burning Fire

The Self-burning Fire
One winter there was a great famine on the Copper River. The people began to die of hunger, first the children, then the old people, and finally the young and strong, until at last but eight men were left. These eight men set out to walk to another village where food might be found, but they had not gone far when one perished of cold and starvation. They buried him and went on. Soon another froze to death, and a third lay down exhausted, and so on until only one was left. Now this man felt wonderfully strong and walked on... Short Stories - Post by : msingathi - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 801

The Shadow Wife The Shadow Wife

The Shadow Wife
A certain young man lost his wife when they had been married only a few days, and he was very sorrowful. All night he lay awake thinking about her. The next night and the next it was the same. In the morning they took away her body to bury it, and he put on his best clothes and started off. All day he walked and all night; he could not stop; daylight found him still walking. He heard voices a long way off, and he followed them. At last he saw light through the thick trees and came out of the... Short Stories - Post by : kwsoo - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 1482

The Girl Who Married The Fire Spirit The Girl Who Married The Fire Spirit

The Girl Who Married The Fire Spirit
Many men wished to marry the chief's pretty daughter, but she laughed at them all. One day as she sat quite close to the fire, a spark snapped upon her dress and burned a tiny hole in it. She pointed at the fire and called it a bad name in her anger, for it must be admitted that the girl had a quick temper. That night the chief's daughter was missing. All the people sought for her. They searched every house in the village and in the other villages ver men lived who had proposed for her hand. When she could... Short Stories - Post by : steve66 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 2491

The Eagle Crest The Eagle Crest

The Eagle Crest
It is well known that there is a certain clan which claims the Eagle for its crest or totem, and this is how it happened. There was once a very poor man, so poor that he could not even get enough to eat. He was always cruising around in a small canoe, trying to catch a few little fish with which to keep himself alive. One day he caught nothing, and as he had brought no food with him in the boat he became very hungry. Early in the morning, as he lay on the shore, he heard a voice but... Short Stories - Post by : Edwin - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 3078

Mountain Dweller Mountain Dweller

Mountain Dweller
Two sisters belonging to a well-known family one day became very hungry and helped themselves to some of their mother's fat meat, notwithstanding the girls were strictly forbidden to eat anything between meals. When the mother found it out she was angry, especially with her elder daughter, for the younger was still a child. She not only scolded the girl, but slapped her severely. At last she said: "Since you are so fond of eating, you had better go and marry Mountain Dweller!" Now Mountain Dweller is a being who lives alone upon the mountains and is supposed to be a... Short Stories - Post by : linksavage - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 1729

Beaver And Porcupine Beaver And Porcupine

Beaver And Porcupine
Once in the old days Beaver and Porcupine were comrades and went everywhere together. Now Beavers are much afraid of Bears, who break down the beaver dams so as to let off the water, catch them and eat them. But the Bear fears the sharp quills of the Porcupine, therefore the little fellow acted as guard to his friend. Porcupine often visited Beaver in his house, which is dry and comfortable, and unfortunately annoyed his host by leaving some of his quills there. One day Porcupine proposed to call on his friend, and Beaver offered to carry him on his back,... Short Stories - Post by : 47481 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 1911

The Man Who Entertained Bears The Man Who Entertained Bears

The Man Who Entertained Bears
There was once a man who had lost all of his family in a terrible sickness that came upon the people of his village. He was all alone in the world and very sorrowful. He did not know what to do. First he thought he would get into his canoe and paddle away till he came to another village. Then it occurred to him that they might think he had run away from home because he had been accused of witchcraft or of some other shameful thing. He considered taking his own life, but did not like to do it. Finally... Short Stories - Post by : Wesley_Atkins - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 2263

Ildini Ildini

Ildini
Ildini lived at End-of-trail, with his wife and two boys. One day he went fishing when the wind blew strong from the shore. It blew his boat so far out that he could not get back. All day and all night he was blown about the cold gray waters. He became very hungry and chilled to the bone. Ildini prayed and sang for a fair wind. This was his song: "Ocean Spirit, calm the waves for me! Come closer to me, my Power! Calm the waves, so that I may go... Short Stories - Post by : SandyBaby - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 2481

The Wooden Wife The Wooden Wife

The Wooden Wife
Once there was a young man newly married who was very fond of his wife. She was not only a pretty woman, but she wove the most beautiful dancing-blankets of any one in the tribe. One day this young man went into the mountains to hunt wild goats, from whose hair his wife might weave more of her much-prized blankets, and she went with him to keep his hut and to cook for him. While they were yet far from the village, the girl fell sick, and although he did all that he could for her, the young husband soon saw... Short Stories - Post by : smkerr - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 1422

Grizzly Bear And The Four Chiefs Grizzly Bear And The Four Chiefs

Grizzly Bear And The Four Chiefs
There were once four chiefs who were brothers and lived in one village. In the dead of winter, when food was scarce, a lean stranger came among them and stopped at the hut of the eldest brother. He was courteously received and seated by the fire, as is the custom, and the chief asked him where he came from. "I have come a long way," replied the stranger. "And what have you eaten on the way?" "I have eaten nothing but snow," he said. Then the chief ordered a dish of snow and a spoon to be placed before his guest,... Short Stories - Post by : a-b-b-o - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 637

The Girl Who Rejected Her Cousin The Girl Who Rejected Her Cousin

The Girl Who Rejected Her Cousin
In the old days, a chief's daughter was expected to marry the son of her uncle, and so keep the chieftainship in the family. But there was once a proud princess who behaved very badly to her cousin when he came wooing, according to the custom. "I must be sure that you love me," she said. "I do love you," he declared. Upon which she answered, "Then prove your love by making a cut down your right cheek." The young man immediately took out his knife and slashed his right cheek so that the blood streamed over his face. When the... Short Stories - Post by : eugster - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 2376

The Ten Princes The Ten Princes

The Ten Princes
The ten sons of a chief went hunting, and all took their wives with them except the youngest brother, who was unmarried. They all camped together at night, and in the morning the eldest prince went out in search of game. The first thing he saw was a fat porcupine coming toward him, which he easily caught. He wrung its neck, and hung it on the branch of a tree, and went on. Near the top of a hill, he met a handsome white she-bear and shot her dead. He kept on to the very top, and looking down, perceived a... Short Stories - Post by : eidor - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 2009

The Woman Who Became A Beaver The Woman Who Became A Beaver

The Woman Who Became A Beaver
There was once a man who took his wife with him to hunt raccoons at a distance from the village. They were very successful. Every night the man shot several of the animals, and in the daytime they were both busy skinning them and trying out the fat. One day the young wife became tired of work and she approached her husband and tried to attract his attention, saying playfully: "Look at me, my husband!" It is true that she was a pretty woman, but the man was bent on skinning his game just then and took no notice of her.... Short Stories - Post by : novablade - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 983

The Feast Of The Mountain Goats The Feast Of The Mountain Goats

The Feast Of The Mountain Goats
In the old days the hunters were many and skillful. They killed hundreds of mountain goats for their flesh and skins and left their bones lying unburned on the rocks, which was a great dishonor. Moreover, their children were thoughtless. One day, a young man whose name was Really Black Raven Feather was walking along the beach, and he saw a group of boys making merry with a kid. They would seize it and throw it into the water, watch its struggles for a time, then drag it ashore half drowned, and as soon as the poor creature was able to... Short Stories - Post by : pawan - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 2326

The Four Winds The Four Winds

The Four Winds
Once there were four great chiefs who lived in the four corners of the earth, and their names were North Wind, South Wind, East Wind, and West Wind. The other three all hated North Wind, for he was very rude and boisterous, and insisted upon blowing his bitter blast into their faces at all times of the year, so that the tender fruit buds and fragile blossoms were never safe from his withering breath. Finally they united to make war upon him, and after a long struggle they succeeded in gaining his promise that he would only blow for half the... Short Stories - Post by : CMartin371 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 567

The Animals In Council The Animals In Council

The Animals In Council
It is now many years since the ancient friendship between man and the animal tribes was broken, and since that time the animals have been hunted continually and go about in fear of their lives. One day Grizzly Bear invited all the larger beasts to meet at his wigwam and discuss the matter. Deer, Elk, Wolf, and many others were present when Grizzly Bear made his great speech in which he spoke of the constant danger they were in and the need of finding a remedy, and finally proposed that they petition He-Who-Made-Us to lengthen the winter and cause very deep... Short Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 3283

Raven And The Salmon Woman Raven And The Salmon Woman

Raven And The Salmon Woman
Now Raven had been unfortunate for a long time and was poorer than ever, but he had at last contrived to build a small hut and make a boat and a spear. Just as he was ready to go fishing, a heavy fog came down and covered the face of the water, hiding his boat entirely. When the fog lifted, there sat a beautiful woman in the bow of the canoe. "You have come to my boat; will you be my wife?" asked Raven. And the woman consented, saying, "Yes, if you will be always kind to me, my husband. Remember,... Short Stories - Post by : linuxguy - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 1164

Raven And His Mother-in-law Raven And His Mother-in-law

Raven And His Mother-in-law
Once upon a time Raven came to a small house away from everybody lived two women, a widow and her young daughter. The elder woman asked him in and gave him a good supper, and as the house appeared to be well stocked with dried fish and other necessaries, he proposed that evening to marry the daughter and was accepted. The next day, after a hearty breakfast, he borrowed the old woman's stone ax and went out. He told the two women that he was going to cut down a cedar tree and make a boat for the fishing, and... Short Stories - Post by : cdex911 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 2876

Raven And The Children Raven And The Children

Raven And The Children
Raven was out for a walk and came upon a crowd of children playing with whale's blubber. Huge piles of it lay at their feet, and they were throwing lumps at one another in great glee. He stopped and spoke to them. "Where did you get all that blubber?" he asked. "Oh," answered the oldest boy, "we climb up that tall tree you see over yonder and jump down from the topmost limb. As we land, we cry out, 'Be piled up, all my blubber!' and it is so." Raven immediately climbed the tree and jumped off the highest branch, shouting,... Short Stories - Post by : uld4u - Date : November 2011 - Author : Elaine Goodale Eastman - Read : 2675