In the Blackfeet tribe the secret societies served an important role in education and social solidarity. The origin of these societies is tied to attributes of specific totems. The fable that follows incorporate the origin story of many such societies.
The earth is a great island floating in a sea of water, and suspended at each of the four cardinal points by a cord hanging down from the sky vault, which is of solid rock. An origin legend from the Cherokee.
Within the Blackfoot nation, there were different societies to which people belonged, each of which had functions for the tribe. There are stories which explain how these societies came to be instituted, and this one tells how the Society of Bulls began.
The lure in Stanley Park is that most dreaded of all things, an evil soul. It is embodied in a bare, white stone, which is shunned by moss and vine and lichen, but over which are splashed innumerable jet-black spots that have eaten into the surface like an acid. A legend from the Salish.
A story all too familiar, Kiviung comes to the aid of a victim of bullying through the use of magical powers and himself becomes the focus of an evil witches as he is tossed about by the fates of fortune in his act of revenge of the young victim. A story of consequences, forseen and unforseen.
This tale of Spider Man is a malevolent story featuring the spider and the star people, a maker of a web different from that of Spider Woman. The legend is not attributed but is likely of Ojibwe origin.
Raven is an important figure amongst written and verbal stories of the northwest and the Inuit. His tales are passed down through the generations of story tellers of the people and are particularly importance in terms of spirituality. Raven makes an ocean voyage, from the Inuit.
True to his words, the animal made the Bear-man the greatest warrior of his tribe. He was the originator of the Bear Dance, which the Pawnees still practise. He lived to an advanced age, greatly honoured by his people. A Pawnee Legend.
For many moons the Shawanos travelled under the guidance of the man-goat, into whose hands the man-fish had put them, when he retraced his steps to the Great Lake. They came at length to the land which the Shawanos now occupy ... They married the daughters of the land, and their numbers increased till they were so many that no one could count them.