In the Old Days the often-long Season of Winter was a time spent mostly indoors around a central fireplace, whether the home was a tipi, an Earth lodge, a Brush lodge, or an Igloo. The men were often gone hunting, riding, or taking care of the Horses. The women were kept busy with cooking, sewing, and hauling wood and water. So, it was often left for the Old People in the home—grandfather or an old aunt—to watch the children and entertain them. They played games, learned songs, and practiced skills that the parents were busy doing. But, as with children everywhere, the favorite pastime was listening to the Old One’s stories—real or imaginary.
This expanded edition, with new illustrations and stories, is a unique and authentic view of the world as revealed through these tales collected from Indigenous people across North America.
Dog Goes for Fire
People had a fire. Wolf had no fire. Wolf and Dog were friends. Wolf said to Dog, “Go steal a spark from the People.
Dog went to the People. They fed him and he forgot to steal the spark. That’s all.
Adolf Hungrywolf has written more than 50 books about Indian culture, outdoor living, railway history and folklore and has sold over 100,000 copies.
Native Voices, 2001