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Encyclopedia > Native American mythology

Native American spirituality includes a number of stories and legends that are mythological. Native American mythology helps explain or symbolizes Native American beliefs.


Mythologies

  • Abenaki Native American tribe located in the northeastern United States. Religious ceremonies are led by shamans, called Medeoulin (Mdawinno).
  • Anishinaabe located primarily in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada.
  • Aztec. Myths and legends of Mesoamerican culture, recognized many gods and supernatural creatures.
  • Blackfoot tribe of Native Americans who currently live in Montana. They lived west of the Great Lakes and lived in Montana and Alberta and participated in Plains Indian culture.
  • Cherokee. Native American culture who mainly live in the southeastern United States and in Oklahoma.
  • Creek tribe of Native Americans from the southeastern United States. The shaman was called an Alektca.
  • Crow Native Americans live in the Great Plains area of the United States. The shaman of the tribe was known as an Akbaalia ("healer").
  • Guarani people of the south-central part of South America, especially the native peoples of Paraguay and parts of the surrounding areas of Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia.
  • Ho-Chunk and Winnebago are tribes of Native Americans, which were once a single tribe living in Wisconsin.
  • Hopi tribe of Native Americans located in the southwestern United States.
  • Incan South American culture, with myths and legends which survived amongst the native peoples.
  • Inuit similarities to the religions of other polar regions. Inuit traditional religious practices could be very briefly summarised as a form of shamanism based on animist principles.
  • Wyandot (sometimes formerly referred to as the Huron) are a First Nations/Native American people originally from Ontario, Canada, and surrounding areas.
  • Lakota Native American tribe, also known as the Sioux.
  • Ohlone mythology, a Native American people in Northern California.
  • Mapuche, South American culture of native peoples of Chile and some regions of Argentina.
  • Maya, Mesoamerican culture with extensive polytheistic beliefs.
  • Miwok mythology, a Native American people in Northern California.
  • Navajo tribe of Native Americans who live in the southwestern United States.
  • Pawnee tribe of Native Americans originally located in Nebraska, United States.
  • Pomo mythology, a Native American people in Northern California.
  • Seneca tribe was one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy from the northeastern United States.

The Abenaki (also Wabanaki) are a Native American tribe located in the northeastern United States. ... The Northeastern United States is a region of the United States defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. ... Anishinaabe traditional beliefs cover the traditional belief system of the Anishinaabeg peoples, consisting of the Algonquin/Nipissing, Ojibwa/Chippewa/Saulteaux/Mississaugas, Odawa, Potawatomi and Oji-cree, located primarily in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. ... The Great Lakes from space The Great Lakes are a group of five large lakes in North America on or near the Canada-United States border. ... The Aztec civilization recognized many gods and supernatural creatures. ... Mesoamerica is the region extending from central Mexico south to the northwestern border of Costa Rica that gave rise to a group of stratified, culturally related agrarian civilizations spanning an approximately 3,000-year period before the European discovery of the New World by Columbus. ... The Blackfoot are a tribe of Native Americans who currently live in Montana. ... Official language(s) English Capital Helena Largest city Billings Area  Ranked 4th  - Total 147,165 sq mi (381,156 km²)  - Width 255 miles (410 km)  - Length 630 miles (1,015 km)  - % water 1  - Latitude 44°26N to 49°N  - Longitude 104°2W to 116°2W Population  Ranked... The Cherokee are a Native American culture who mainly live in the southeastern United States and in Oklahoma. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... The Creek are a tribe of Native Americans from the southeastern United States. ... The Crow Tribe of Native Americans live in the Great Plains area of the United States. ... The Great Plains covers much of the central United States, portions of Canada and Mexico. ... Guaraní Mythology refers to the beliefs of the Guarani people of the south-central part of South America, especially the native peoples of Paraguay and parts of the surrounding areas of Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... The Ho-Chunk are a tribe of Native Americans, also called Winnebago. Kokopelli is a god worshipped in many tribes. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42°30N to 47°3N  - Longitude 86°49W to 92°54W Population  Ranked... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Inuit mythology has many similarities to the religions of other polar regions. ... Earths polar regions are the areas of the globe surrounding the poles, north of the Arctic circle, or south of the Antarctic Circle. ... The Wyandot (sometimes formerly referred to as the Huron) are a First Nations/Native American people originally from Ontario, Canada, and surrounding areas. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (de facto) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total  - Land  - Water  (% of total)  Ranked 4th 1,076... The Lakota (also Sioux, Dakota) are a Native American tribe located in the Great Plains area of the United States. ... The mythology of the Ohlone (Coastanoan) Native American people of North California can be defined as the creation stories as well as other narratives that contain elements of their spiritual, philosophical belief systems and their conception of the world order. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... In the mythology and beliefs of the Mapuche people, the Machi (Shaman), a role usually filled by older women, is an extremely important part of the Mapuche culture, even today and in parallel with Christianity. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Miwok mythology is similar to other Native American myths of Northern California, with many tales of Coyote as the trickster god. ... The Navajo are a tribe of Native Americans who live in the southwestern United States. ... The Pawnee are a tribe of Native Americans originally located in Nebraska, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... According to the mythology of the Pomo people, a culture of Native Americans from Northern California, centered on the powerful entities of the Kunula, a Coyote God, and Guksu, a spirit healer from the south: // Coyote (Kunula) and Cougar set up for their sons to play a sports game. ... The Seneca tribe was one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy from the northeastern United States. ... The Iroquois Confederacy (also known as the League of Peace and Power) is a group of First Nations/Native Americans. ...

See also

This article is in need of attention. ... In Circumpolar mythology, the Circumpolar peoples considered the World to be divided in three layers (or in some cases three×three = nine elements): the Heaven, the Earth and the Underground. ... An elaborate Earth-Maker Story of Creation is a myth that comes from the Native Americans of California, also called the Story of Creation. ...

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