Most old tales are told by elders that have received their stories as gifts from their ancestors. An interesting observation that I've made is that traditional story tellers usually do not use the terms 'good' and 'evil' when discussing spirits. Often, even tragic events are depicted as part of a necessary whole, and spirits with negative streaks to them are just the way they are; the elders not labelling them as right or wrong.
I am only speaking of my own experiences with the Indian culture, which is limited. Has anyone else noticed this?
One of my very best friends is a treaty Cree. She laughs at my confusion and childlike curiousity: White people are so young and have so much to learn. I think she's right. We do have so much to teach each other.
this site may be of interest: http://www.pantheon.org/mythica/areas/native_american/
Being vegetarian, I was sought out for this one~~~
Q: Where does the word 'vegetarian' come from?
A: It's Indian, meaning "poor hunter".
Happy day, y'all, Sheye