Published on November 1, 2012 by Casey
Giants in Native American mythology are usually described as being 40-60 feet tall– large enough to throw humans into a sack or burden basket the way a human hunter would do with rabbits. In a few cases Native American giants are described as being even more immense, being the size of the tallest pine trees (which works out to 150-200 feet) and catching whales the way humans catch fish.
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The Giant and the Four Wind Brothers:
Penobscot Indian legend about the adventures of a friendly giant.
How Dogs Came To The Indians:
Ojibway legend of a friendly giant who gave the first dog to the people.
When the Animals Left Lenapé Land:
Lenape Indian legend about a clan of giants that taught the people a lesson about respecting animals
Turkey and Gray Giant:
Bilingual picture book illustrating a Navajo Indian myth about a turkey’s escape from a menacing giant.
The Hungry Giant of the Tundra:
Children’s book based on Yup’ik Eskimo folktales about children who outwit cannibal giants.
Giants, Trolls, and Ogres:
Good kids’ collection of giant stories from world mythology, including Native American and Inuit lore.