Mrs. Cordenio Arnold (Mary Frances Harriman) Severance (c1863-1925) was the American editor of Indian Legends of Minnesota (1893). In this volume the compiler wishes to disown any attempt at a complete collection of Indian legends; both her knowledge of archÃ¿ology, and the time allowed for the completion of the work are inadequate to such an achievement. She has attempted to gather the more noticeable legends already in verse in order to stimulate interest in the scenery and romance of her State. From its name-Minnesota-to its floral emblem-the moccasin flower-the State everywhere bears the impress of former occupation. About every lake, forest, and valley clings the aroma of romance in the form of name or legend of the vanished Red Man.