Sponsored Links As well as our collections of tribal legends and legend archives, we also have several pages of comparative legends, for the native stories of the Wabanaki tribes including the Micmac, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, and Abenaki tribes, the native stories of the Iroquois tribes including the Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, Onondaga, and Cayuga tribes, for the native stories of the Anishinabe tribes including the Chippewa, Ottawa, Algonquin, and Potawatomi tribes, and for the native stories of the Algonquian tribes including the Wabanaki, Anishinabe, Menominee, Wampanoag, Shawnee, and Lenape tribes.
When he reached the Cherokee country, he was very tired, and his wings began to flap and strike the ground, and wherever they struck the earth there was a valley, and where they turned up again there was a mountain.
Lakota The Lakota version of events starts with adultery. Such a character might form the earth and sky, create people and animals, or kill monsters or turn them into stones. Often the animal spouse is a bear. Hopi While the Hopi have multiple legendsperhaps one of the most intriguing involves the Ant People, who are credited with saving the Hopi not once, but twice.
Underlying all the myths is the idea that spiritual forces can be sensed through the natural world—including clouds, winds, plants, and animals—that they shape and sustain.
Major Themes and Myths Despite the great number and variety of Native American myths and legends, certain themes and subjects occur again and again. You can also join Gaia as a contributing author and help us connect readers to people and ideas that fuel a conscious life. The creator gods and heroes usually establish or restore order.
They were strands woven together in the various tales and stories that defined peoples' identity and gave order and meaning to their lives.
Yet despite the immense variety of Native American mythologies, certain mythic themes, characters, and stories can be found in many of the cultures. They formed the basis of sacred rituals, including ceremonies in which participants acted out traditional sacred stories.