Mythologies of the indigenous peoples of North America

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Coyote and Opossum appear in the stories of a number of tribes.

The mythologies of the indigenous peoples of North America comprise many bodies of traditional narratives associated with religion from a mythographical perspective. Indigenous North American belief systems include many sacred narratives. Such spiritual stories are deeply based in Nature and are rich with the symbolism of seasons, weather, plants, animals, earth, water, sky and fire. The principle of an all embracing, universal and omniscient Great Spirit, a connection to the Earth, diverse creation narratives and collective memories of ancient ancestors are common. Traditional worship practices are often a part of tribal gatherings with dance, rhythm, songs and trance (e.g. the sun dance).

Algonquian (northeastern US, Great Lakes)[edit]

From the full moon fell Nokomis - from The Story of Hiawatha, 1910

Plains Natives[edit]

Muskogean (southern US) and Iroquois (Eastern US)[edit]

Alaska and Canada[edit]

Pacific Northwest[edit]

Uto-Aztecan (Great Basin to Mexico)[edit]

Other southwestern US[edit]

Central America[edit]

  • Aztec, a Mesoamerican empire centered in the valley of Mexico
  • Maya, a Mesoamerican people of southern Mexico and northern Central America

South America[edit]

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