Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
February 26, 2000 - Issue 04

A Very Short Tale
Dakota Legend and activities

One day, Keha (Keya), the turtle, and Gnaske (Hnaska), the frog were sitting by the lake, talking about the weather. Suddenly, it began to rain. Now, our friend, the turtle, was very much afraid of getting wet and catching a cold. he told this to his companion, who suggested that they take shelter immediately. And, with that, they both jumped into the lake.

That is all.

Now, without peeping, answer these questions about our tale.

1. Who is Gnaske (Hnaska)?

2. What was the turtle's name?

3. Who was afraid of getting wet?

4. Where did they go to stay out of the rain?

5. Do you think that they chose a good place? Why?

6. What tribe of American Indian people told this story?

Print and color these pages:

Match the sentence with the picture

My name is Keha

I am Gnaske

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