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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.

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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.

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Myths about a "dying god" also appear in the Midwest region, which stretches into central Canada. His creation of the syllabary is particularly noteworthy as he could not previously read any script. A trickster may act as a culture hero, a culture hero may be an animal, an animal may be a creator figure, and a creator may have a capacity for destruction. A variety of small and medium-sized recording companies offer an abundance of recent music by Native American performers young and old, ranging from pow-wow drum music to hard-driving rock-and-roll and rap. Essentially, their thoughts become reality, so they think everything from mountains to trees and the sky into reality. This mural painting shows a scene from the Hopi people's snake legend. The Eastern Woodland Indians used the hoe. Creation begins when a sky goddess named Atahensic plummets through a hole in the floor of heaven. Flutes and whistles made of wood, cane, or bone are also played, generally by individuals, but in former times also by large ensembles as noted by Spanish conquistador de Soto. In this legend, the Ant People are seen as generous and hardworking, giving the Hopi food and teaching them about food storage when they needed it most. In both instances, Hopi legends say the tribe was guided during the day by an odd-shaped cloud, and during the night by a moving star. Kachina dancers wore elaborately painted and decorated masks as they ritually impersonated various ancestral spirits. Carlos Nakai integrate traditional sounds with modern sounds in instrumental recordings, whereas the music by artist Charles Littleleaf is derived from ancestral heritage and nature. Tricksters are often animals. During that Ice Age, which ended around B.

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.

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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.

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Native American Creation Stories