In ancient times around the world, story-telling was both an art and an important feature of life— it was not just a past-time. People depended on it to learn about their beginnings, proper behavior, and for learning their cultural heritage. North American Indian stories have been the centerpiece for cultural restoration by anthropologists. Jesuit missionaries began collecting stories as early as the late 16th century. We’ll conclude by telling a few of the lasting oral traditions handed down for generations.