Creature Feature - Using Native American Choctaw Literature

Background: Choctaw Literature

Native American stories often reflect the natural environment. Choctaw legends and literature cover such topics as creation stories, historical legends, prophecy, jokes and tall tales, as well as stories about the supernatural. These stories have been retold over the years hoping to keep alive who the Choctaw people are and what they value and hold dear.

One class of Choctaw stories tells how animals native to the area came to have certain characteristics. This learning center uses such animal tales as a springboard for writing poetry about animals native to Mississippi.