Stories That Made Us

Few things are constant across all humanity and throughout time. Stories are one of them. Some stories we forget, while some stay with us forever. Some are stories of culture, morals, and philosophies that guide us to happy and meaningful lives. 

These are stories of Gods and Demons, of Heroes and Legends, epic battles and wars; stories of fortitude and inner strength, of fighting against all odds and emerging victorious.

These stories inevitably become tales that determine our moral compass, justify norms and mores of our society, and provide a proud self-identity, and a socio-cultural belonging. These become the stories that give us meaning. 

This podcast is about such stories. Those that are deeply rooted within us, governing our morality and principles. So join us on a journey across cultures, tribes, civilizations, and religions, as we identify and discuss those stories that matter. The stories that made us.


S2 E8: Heroines & Heroes - Native American - Three Ojibwe Tales
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S2 E7: Heroines & Heroes - Native American Ojibwe - Tale of Nanabozho Part II
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S2 E6: Heroines & Heroes - Native American Ojibwe - Tale of Nanabozho
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Welcome to a brand new episode of Stories That Made Us! This week we recount a wonderful tale of the great Algonquian hero – Nanabozho. Keen listeners and old followers of the podcast would remember Nanabozho – for he played a grand role in the creation of the Anishinaabe world – helping the great spirit – the Kitchi Manitou to build our world and populate it with all beings – making everything the way we see it today. Check out episode 6 of the first series for that awesome tale. 

Now, this episode continues with the tales of this great hero of the Native Americans of the great lakes. Anthropologists and scholars, those who study the Anishinaabe Adizookaan – traditional storytellings – believe this hero to be a trickster spirit, a culture hero that features prominently in the traditional folklore of the many native American tribes of the great lakes. Often appearing in the shape of a rabbit or a giant man – as is the case in this tale – he is a shapeshifter and is responsible for teaching mankind all the good things we know.

This story is one of his many tales and has been taken from the book titled, “The Indian Fairy Book – From the Original Legends” by Henry Schoolcraft.


Title: The Indian Fairy Book From the Original Legends

Author: Henry R. Schoolcraft

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Published Jun 8, 2021 at 10:00am
S2 E5: Heroines & Heroes - Viking Sagas: Eric The Red and Leif Ericsson
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S2 E4: Heroines & Heroes - Norse Mythology: The Wanderings of Freyja
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S2 E3: Heroines and Heroes - The Mabinogian: Culhwch and Olwen Part III
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S2 E2: Heroines and Heroes - The Mabinogian: Culhwch and Olwen Part II
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S2 E1: Heroines and Heroes - The Mabinogian: Culhwch and Olwen Part I
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S1E42 - Creation Myths: Native Americans: The Tewa, Yuma, Yokut, and Zuni
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S1E41 - Creation Myths: The Ancient Persian or Zoroastrian and The Babylonian Talmudic Tales
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S1E40 - Creation Myths: The Hindus of India
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S1E39 - Creation Myths: The Norse
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S1E38 - Creation Myths: The Iroquois Native American Tribes
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S1E37 - Creation Myths: The Japanese: Part III
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S1E36 - Creation Myths: The Japanese: Part II
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S1E35 - Creation Myths: The Japanese: Part I
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S1E34 - Creation Myths: Native American Navajo and Mandan
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S1E33 - Creation Myths: Native Americans: Lenape, Luiseno, and Maidu
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S1E32 - Creation Myths: Australian Aborigines: Kakadu, Ngurunderi, and Yulngu
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S1E31 - Creation Myths: The Native American Joshua and Kiowa
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S1E30 - Creation Myths: The K'iche' Mayans of Mexico - Part II
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S1E29 - Creation Myths: The K'iche' Mayans of Mexico - Part I
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S1E28 - Creation Myths: The Polynesians of the Pacific: The Maori, Samoans, and Hawaiians
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S1E27 - Creation Myths: Tales from Africa III: The Malozi, the Kono, and the Ijaw
Show Details30min 56s
S1E26 - Creation Myths: Alaskan Tales: The Inupiat, Kodiak, Tlingit, and Tsimshian
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S1E25 - Creation Myths: The Inca and Jivaro of South America
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S1E24 - Creation Myths: The Irish
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S1E23 - Creation Myths: Hungarians, Sami, and Romanians
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S1E22 - Creation Myths: Myths from India: Part I
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S1E21 - Creation Myths: The Native American Hopi
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S1E20 - Creation Myths: The Ancient Greeks
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S1E19 - Creation Myths: Tales from Africa II: The Ekoi, Fang, Fon, Fulani and Basonge
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S1E18 - Creation Myths: The Finnish
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S1E17 - Creation Myths: The Ancient Egyptians
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S1E16 - Creation Myths: Tales from Africa: The Dinka, Dogon, Efe and Efik
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S1E15 - Creation Myths: The Native American Creek, Crow and Diegueno
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S1E14 - Creation Myths: The Chinese
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S1E13 - Creation Myths: The Siberian Chukchi
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S1E12 - Creation Myths: The Native American Cherokee, Caddo and Cheyenne
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S1E11 - Creation Myths: The African San, Australian Indigenous Tribes, and Indonesian Ceram Island Tribes
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S1E10 - Creation Myths: The Buddhists
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S1E9 - Creation Myths: The Native American Arikara and Arapaho Tribes
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S1E8 - Creation Myths: The Celts of Europe
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S1E7 - Creation Myths: The Austronesian Bagobo, Batak,and Banks Islands Tribes, African Bulu and Asian Buryat Tribes
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S1E6 - Creation Myths: The Algonquian Native American Tribes: Wabanaki, Anishinaabe, BlackFoot and Blood
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S1E5 - Creation Myths: The Babylonians of Iraq
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S1E4 - Creation Myths: The Apache Native American Tribes
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S1E3 - Creation Myths: The Asian Altaic, Australian Arrernte and African Boshongo Tribes
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S1E2 - Creation Myths: The Aztecs of Mexico
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S1E1 - Creation Myths: The Native American Achomawi, Atsugewi and Acoma Pueblo, and The Japanese Ainu
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