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Autumn Color


As Haudenosaunee legends were passed down from generation to generation, the stories took on many variations. The Oneidas enjoyed stories about Little People, Flying Heads, and the Thunders. A majority of stories took on the familiar setting of woods and featured woodland creatures.

It is these stories that taught Oneidas how to live, how to act, what to expect during the changeable seasons, and how to properly care for each other. Some stories are intended to teach a lesson, and they continue to be told from generation to generation.The legends we present online are only one version of these ageless stories.

In this version of a popular Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) legend, we learn how the autumn leaves get their color.
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