Creature Feature - Using Native American Choctaw Literature

Resources

Note: The following book by Tom Mould contains a number of animal stories that are appropriate for this Learning Center.

 

Mould, Tom. Choctaw Tales. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.

 

“The Ball Game” by Simpson Tubby (bat, squirrel)

“Race between the Hummingbird and the Crane” [unknown]

“The Hummingbird” [unknown]

“How the Biskantak Got Water for the Birds” [unknown]

“Why the Buzzard Has More Offspring than the Owl” [unknown]

“Why the Guinea Hen Is Speckled” by Olman Comby (cow, wolf, guinea hen)

“Boatmaker” by Olman Comby  (crane)

“The Hunters and the Bears” [unknown]

“Rabbit and the Bears” by Gus Comby

“How the Bear Lost his Tail” by Olman Comby (bear, fox, fish)

“How the Rabbit Got a Short Tail” by Inez Henry (rabbit, fish, alligator)

“How the Bullfrog Lost his Horns” [unknown] (bullfrog, deer)

“How the Alligator Got His Back” by Gus Comby (monkey, fox, rabbit, squirrel, alligator)

“Rabbit and Turtle Race” by Gus Comby 

“Race between the Turkey and the Terrapin” [unknown]

“Turtle and Turkey” by Pisatuntema

“Why Terrapins Never Get Fat” by Olman Comby

“Turtle, Turkey, and the Ants” by Pisauntema

“Why There Are Seams in the Terrapin’s Shell” [unknown]

“Why the Turtle’s Shell Is Sewed Up” by Inez Henry

“How the Terrapin Lost the Ability to Climb Trees” [unknown] (lizard, terrapin)

“Raccoon and Possum” by Gus Comby

“Possum and Coon” by Grady John

“The Panther and the Opossum” [unknown] (panther, opossum, wolf)

“Possum and the Fox” by Harry Polk

“Why the Rabbit’s Skin Is Loose” by Olman Comby (wildcat, rabbit)

“Bear and Rabbit” by Gus Comby

“How the Rabbit Fooled the Turkeys” [unknown]

“Rabbit and Fox Farm Together” [unknown]

“Rabbit Rides Wolf” by Gus Comby

"Rabbit Gains a Wife” by Olman Comby (rabbit, fox)

“How Rabbit Made the Animals Angry” by Olman Comby (rabbit, wolf, possum, coon, panther, terrapin)

“Rabbit and the Garden” by Olman Comby (rabbit, possum)

A second source, equally valuable, is available on-line as "Animal Stories" from First People – The Legends. Go to www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/Legends-C.html

 

“Choctaw Corn Legend” (hawk)

“Bishinik, the Little Chahta News Bird” (small, speckled yellow billed, scissortail species of woodpecker and the scissortail fly catcher)

“How Poison Came into the World” (wasps, bees, snakes)

“The Tale of the Wind Horse” by Tipi Pinti

“The Redbird” by Tipi Pinti

“The Possum and the Raccoon”

“The Story of Tanchi” (squirrel, deer, black bird)

“Where Do Ants Come From” (ants, grasshoppers)

“Eclipse of the Sun Blamed on Black Squirrel”

“Grandmother Spider Steals the Fire” (spider, opossum, buzzard, crow)

“Why the Owls Stare” (owl, pigeon)

“The Alligator and the Hunter” (alligator, blue jay, deer)

“Why the Possom Has a Large Mouth” (deer, possum)

Books/ Magazines

Agnone, Julie, ed. National Geographic Kids. National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C. November, 2007.

Biel, Timothy Levi. Turtles Zoo Books. Quality Productions, Inc. San Diego, CA 1988.

Brownell, M. Barbara. Busy Beavers. National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C. 1988.

Buxton, Jane Heath. Baby Bears and How They Grow. National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C. 1986.

Johnson, Nancy Pelander. 95 Animals of the Bible. Master Books, Inc. Green Forest, AR 1997, 2000.

Kindersley, Dorling. Animal - The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife. DK Publishing, Inc. New York 2001, 2005.

Kindersley, Dorling. Animals - A Visual Encyclopedia. DK Publishing, Inc. New York 2008.

McCauley, Jane. Animals in Summer. National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C. 1988.

McCauley, Jane. Animals that Live in Trees. National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C. 1986.

McGoldrick, Jane R.  Animal Clowns. National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C. 1989.

McGrath, Susan. Saving Our Animal Friends. National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C. 1986.

Morgan, Sally. Alligators and Crocodiles. QEB Publishing, Inc. Laguna Hills, CA 2006

Morgan, Sally. Bears. QEB Publishing, Inc. Laguna Hills, CA 2004.

Morgan, Sally. Eagles. QEB Publishing, Inc. Laguna Hills, CA 2005.

Morgan, Sally. Tortoises and Turtles. QEB Publishing, Inc. Laguna Hills, CA 2006.

Mould, Tom. Choctaw Tales. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.

Nutt, Lisa. Fearsome Creature Sticker Book. Parragon Books, Ltd. UK 2007.

Seidensticker, Dr. John. and Dr. Susan Lumpkin. Dangerous Animals. Time-Life Books Weldon Owen Pty Limmited 1995, 1997.

Singer, Marilyn. Venom. Scholastic, Inc. New York 2007.

Wengerd, Marvin, ed. Nature Friend. Carlisle Press. Sugarcreek, Ohio. 2004.

Internet Links:

http://www.dk.com

http://enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=5

http://enchantedlearning.com/coloring/northamer.shtml

http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/Legends-C.html

http://www.maasd.ecsd.net/triorama_directions.htm.

http://www.nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/NorthAmerica/Facts/default.cfm

http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/namerica.htm