The native American legends have appeal people of every age. These legends can be read again and again, answering a different question every time you do. Having a magic and mystical ability to entertain and teach, they can speak to the readers as much as they are willing to listen.
Before we start reading these legends, we should learn some about the native American people, to have a better understanding about their stories.
Archeologist believed that the first natives arrived in various tribes like 15,000 years ago, probably from Asia, using a bridge of ice during the Ice Age, also they were excellent hunters.
Also it is believed that by the year 1500, 350 major tribal groups, 15 cultural centers in Latin America were living, from there they spread across the land, which helped also spread the legends.
Usually the girls joined the women on their tribe after puberty, but the boys had to pass a test, so they could become true warriors. Another custom was that starting Autumn, the tribes moved around searching for food, like berries and nuts, or hunt.
Some tribes hated war, the only reason they would fight were for lands, horses and honor. When they decided to stay in one place, their dwellings came in different shapes, being the most commons triangles and cones. Also they had various names (hogans, tepees or chickees).
During their celebrations, they used to wear various clothes, usually decorated with feathers, fur and beadwork, most of their celebrations were to pray for health, good harvest and successful hunting.
Now lets talk about the Native American legends, they are usually based on cultural heroes or beings that become landmarks or other objects.
Now, the legends about culture heroes usually show how to do what is right and how we become the people we are, most of the time they come from divine birth.
Some other heroes are tricksters and give disorder and change the world, giving an inside look to the sordid and unappealing underside of life. Another characteristic is that they are over reachers that get what they deserve for overreaching their boundaries.
These legends give us a chance to see the world in a different way, taking us places were the emphasis is not were you are going, but where you have been.