In this activity, learners listen to a story and tell a story of their own as they learn about the importance of elders in Native American cultures. Learners also discover that animals were often the subjects of stories. Native Americans understood the importance of animals to human life, observed them carefully and showed them great respect. Learners will enjoy listening to "How Chipmunk Got His Stripes" by Joseph and James Bruchac and then write and act out their own animal stories featuring a woodland creature. This activity is featured on pp.15-18 of the "One With the Earth: Native Americans and the Natural World" multidisciplinary unit of study for kindergarten through third grade.