Legends of Landforms


Legends of Landforms:

Native American Lore and the Geology of the Land


Carole G. Vogel



   Exploding volcanoes, earth-rattling quakes, mammoth floods, as well as a myriad of other geological and meteorological events have shaped the landscapes of North America. Long ago native Americans attributed these events to fearsome dragons, bloodthirsty serpents, helpful giants, and other spirit beings with earth-sculpting capabilities. These interpretations were passed on in the form of legends. This book retells some of these legends and also provides dynamic scientific explanations of earth-shaping forces. Together, the legends and science contribute to the enjoyment and appreciation of landforms more than either kind of account could on its own.

   This book was made possible, in part, by the assistance of the Anna Cross Giblin Nonfiction Work-in-Progress Grant given to Carole G. Vogel by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.