"Indian Nature Myths" is a book written by Julia Darrow Cowles. The book is a collection of Native American myths and legends about the natural world, such as stories about how the sun, moon, and stars came to be, or how animals received their unique characteristics.
Cowles collected these stories from various tribes across North America and retold them in an engaging and accessible manner. In the introduction, she explains the importance of these myths in the lives of Native Americans, as they serve to explain the mysteries of the world around them and offer moral lessons.
The book is divided into chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of nature, such as water, fire, and wind. Within each chapter, Cowles presents several stories and offers commentary on their significance.
Overall, "Indian Nature Myths" provides an insightful look into the cultural and spiritual beliefs of Native Americans and their relationship with the natural world.