Folklore, Myths & Legends

Folklore is the written and oral stories from a culture. These narratives often have extraordinary people or animals who overcome some obstacle. Myths are stories that a culture uses to explain the origin of the world, unexpected events, and the mysteries of the natural world. Legends are stories that are presented as fact but have no factual support.

The Bride of the South

The North went traveling, and after going far and meeting many different tribes he finally fell in love with the daughter of the South and wanted to marry her. The girl was willing, but her parents objected and said, “Ever since you came the weather has been cold, and if…

The Moon

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall; She shines on thieves on the garden wall, On streets and fields and harbor quays, And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees. The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse, The howling dog by the door of the…

Fortuna’s Horn

It was late autumn when the trees shed their multi-colored leaves, creating a jeweled patchwork carpet on the forest floor. All the plants had finished producing their flowers and fruits, and most of the woodland creatures had smartly stashed their food and nuts away for the impending winter. The forest…

Paul Bunyan, the Biggest Baby in the Northeast

In a small cabin in the northeast wilderness, a huge baby boy was born. His parents named him Paul Bunyan. “He’s a mighty big baby. The biggest I’ve ever seen in the state of Maine,” said Mama Bunyan. “What will we keep him in?” Papa Bunyan looked around the cabin…

Tachel and Shen, Brother Stars

Tachel and his brother, Shen, were stars in the heavens. They were very close and were always together. Then one day, Tachel got angry at Shen. He thought Shen took his favorite cloud and hid it on him. “Where’s my cloud?” shouted Tachel. Shen looked around then looked at Tachel.…