Before the printing press dominated the world of formal communications, families, communities, and cultures relied on the oral tradition to pass along revered knowledge. Valued cultural content, particularly spiritual and historical beliefs and practices, was transmitted through legends and stories shared between generations by acknowledged storytellers and Elders. This practice was very much the case with Indigenous communities throughout North America. Represented here are legends from many Native groups, including Sioux, Cree, Hopi, Haida, Iroquois, Creek, Dakota, and others.
John W. Friesen, PhD, DMin, is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary, where he conducts research in Aboriginal education and teacher training. An ordained clergyman with the All Native Circle Conference of the United Church of Canada, he has authored or co-authored more than 50 books.
Virginia Lyons Friesen, PhD, is a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary and a frequent instructor at Old Sun College in Siksika, Alberta. She has co-presented a number of papers at academic conferences and has co-authored several books.
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