Native American Stories: A Tradition of Storytelling

Native American Stories: A Tradition of Storytelling

Posted on January 19, 2011 by
Star Boy by Paul Goble

Star Boy by Paul Goble

The Native American culture is known for its rich oral tradition – instead of using a written language to document their history, these indigenous people simply relied on their verbal language to share their history, customs, rituals, and legends through vivid narratives.

These powerful tales, often told by the tribal elders to the younger generations, not only related their tribal history; these tribal stories also entertained and preserved their culture.

History comes alive
Each time a story was told, it breathed life into the culture, cultivated their verbal language, gave meaning to the tribe’s history, and also taught life lessons about things like love, leadership, and honor, as well as their symbiotic connection to the earth and intimate relationships with the animals they depended on.

Making a connection with music & sound
As a way to heighten the senses and encourage a deeper feeling of interconnectedness between tribal members and their environment, when these stories were told, they were often accompanied with song, music, spoken word, and dance.

Experiencing the storytelling tradition today
Although this tradition of storytelling is less common today than was many years ago, some authors (both native and non native) have promised to preserve these stories for future generations. They have listened and learned many of these legendary tales from tribal elders.

Suggested listening
Complete with the added elements of music and sound, audiobooks are the closest representation of how these stories may have once been told.

native american audiobook: hoop of life by Kevin Locke

Hoop of Life by Kevin Locke

native american audiobook: quiet thunder by Joseph M. Marshall III

Quiet Thunder by Joseph M. Marshall III

native american audio book: the lakota way by Joseph M. Marshall III

Lakota Way by JM Marshall

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Suggested sharing

Be sure to read these books out loud…they are meant to be shared with others.

native american childrens book: song of creation by Paul Goble

Song of Creation by Paul Goble

native american story: love flute by Paul Goble

Love Flute by Paul Goble

native american story: all our relatives by Paul Goble

All Our Relatives by Paul Goble

native american story: return of the buffalos by Paul Goble

Return of the Buffaloes by Paul Goble

native american childrens book: grandfathers bedtime stories by Franklin A. (Bull Tail) Scout

Grandfathers Bedtime Stories by Franklin "Bull Tail" Scout

native american story: stories from the tipi by Paul Goble

Stories from the Tipi by Paul Goble