Mary Hunter Austin was born on September 9, 1868 in Carlinville, Illinois (the fourth of six children) to George and Susannah (Graham) Hunter. She graduated from Blackburn College in 1888. For 17 years she made a special study of Indian life in the Mojave Desert, and her publications set forth the intimate knowledge she thus acquired. She was a prolific novelist, poet, critic, and playwright, as well as an early feminist and defender of Native American and Spanish-American rights. She is best known for her tribute to the deserts of the American Southwest, The Land of Little Rain.
A Book of Indian Tales for Children
FIRST STORY—THE BASKET WOMAN
SECOND STORY—THE BASKET WOMAN
THE STREAM THAT RAN AWAY
THE COYOTE-SPIRIT AND THE WEAVING WOMAN
THE CHEERFUL GLACIER
THE CHRISTMAS TREE
THE FIRE BRINGER
THE CROOKED FIR
THE SUGAR PINE
THE GOLDEN FORTUNE
THE WHITE-BARKED PINE
NA'ŸANG-WIT'E, THE FIRST RABBIT DRIVE
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