Tales from the New World

Latin American Folk Tales

Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions

Edited and with an Introduction by



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Latin America's storytelling traditions are among the richest in world - and of broader orgins than most. Here the lore of medieval Europe combines with that of the ancient Near East and Pre-Columbian America to offer the eager listener a truly cosmopolitan and universal picture of the world's secrets, mysteries and everyday truths. This collection - representing the folkloric wealth of 20 countries - is unprecedented in size and scope. Most of the tales have never appeared in English before. Together they become the first panoramic anthology of Hispano-American folk narratives in any language - and will delight you and the children who listen to you tell them for many a year.

African American Folktales

Stories from Black Traditions in the New World

Selected and Edited by Roger D. Abrahams



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These rich and warm stories come from all over the northern New World - from the antebellum South of the United States, to the villages of Caribbean islands and the streets of modern inner cities. They range in subject matter from the comedic stories of tricksters to stories of the creation of the world and how it got to be the way it is. Included also are morality tales of encounters between masters and slaves. Roger Abrahams has followed in the footsteps of the Brothers Grimm - travelling throughout the American South and Caribbean, tape recorder poised at every moment (something the Grimm brothers would have envied, I'm sure), saving these delicious, often poignant stories for all of us to enjoy and profit from. The age-appropriateness of these stories ranges from preschool to adult, most of them being appropriate to mid-grades levels. This is a great collection of tales - I had a wonderful adventure reading them.

American Indian Myths and Legends

Selected and Edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz



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Here is an exciting collection of over 160 stories that range from fairy tales to religious myths to just-so stories - and represent 80 tribal groups.

If, like me, most of what you have encountered as Native American tales has been the coyote or trickster stories, you are in for a panoramic adventure. Coyote is, naturally, still present and well-represented in these tales, but there is are also fairy tales of beauty, depth and truth, fables of all kinds, creation myths and stories of the realms of the gods, and delightful little tales that explain with humor and simplicity how things came to be as they are.

The stories are told in authentic and engaging language; they are filled to the brim with life and goodness and mystery. And they portray the depth and diversity of these cultures better than anything else I've read.

These are stories you and your children will love and think about and go back to for years. Enjoy!!

Indian Why Stories

Frank B Linderman

Illustrated by Charles M Russell



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I can hardly believe that I'm only now discovering this gem of a book! How is it that I've not known about it all these years? The stories, collected by a devotee of Native American lore and originally published in 1915 are warm, evocative, rich and deep, and, well, just plain wonderful. In the context of Waldorf (or any!) education, there are some which could be used alongside Aesop as another sort of fable. Others, will fit in more easily when it is time to discover our native history and geography in 4th grade. The entire book is so alive with wisdom and an intimate knowledge of nature and its ways that anyone who reads it (or has it read to them) will keep these stories in their heart.

Here's some of the stories you'll find inside:

  • How the Ducks Got Their Fine Feathers
  • How the Otter Skin Became Great Medicine
  • Why the Kingfisher Always Wears a War-Bonnet
  • How the Man found His Mate
  • Why the Chipmunk's Back Is Striped
  • The Moon and the Great Snake

And many, many more, each as inviting as the next. This book is a find!

Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo

Collected and recorded by



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Out of a world of ice and snow come the folktales and traditions of the native peoples of Greenland and Labrador. Collected and originally published in 1875 by a Danish explorer who lived for 20 years among the people of the North, this classic of folklore, myths and legends preserves the authentic voice of these indigenous peoples.

Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo has preserved 150 tales and traditions, including "The Blind Man Who Recovered His Sight," "The Faithless Wife," "The Old Bachelor," The Sons Who Avenged their Mother," The Child-Monster," "A Visit to the Giants," and many more. Rink has also provided an extensive introduction describing the way of life of the Far North.

I have looked long and hard for a collection of stories from the traditions of the Far North -- and am delighted to be able to make this book available. These are tales unique for the unusual combination of both drama and spare simplicity -- reflecting, in my opinion, the same qualities as the dramatic and spare lands they come from. The tales are approrpriate for a wide range of ages, depending upon the specific tale. Most of them would fascinate children 9 years old or older -- a few are adult stories.