Folklore and American Indians

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Nihancan's Feast of Beaver: Animal Tales of the North American Indians

Edward Lavitt
Robert E. McDowell

In Indian cultures, all life is considered valuable and sacred, and is part of the powerful spiritual forces of nature. This collection of thirty-six animal tales, from the nine culture groups of North American Indians, tells stories about the behaviors and actions of human, animals, and the supernatural that inhabit their world.


Edward Lavitt was for many years a teacher and counselor in schools in New York's Harlem and the South Bronx. The author of several books for children, he currently writes texts for the Literacy Volunteers of New York City.

For over twenty-five years Robert E. McDowell worked at the University of Denver and the University of Texas, Arlington, teaching and writing about folklore and literature of the Third World. The author of numerous books and articles, he lives on a farm in east Texas.

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

9 x 9 in. 120 pages line drawings