Mythologies of the indigenous peoples of North America
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)
- Abenaki mythology – Religious ceremonies are led by shamans, called Medeoulin (Mdawinno).
- Anishinaabe traditional beliefs – A North American tribe located primarily in the Great Lakes
- Cree mythology – A North American tribe most commonly found west of Ontario in the Canadian Prairies, although there are tribes located in the Northwest Territories and Quebec.
- Leni Lenape mythology – A North American tribe from the area of the Delaware River.
- Blackfoot mythology – A North American tribe who currently live in Montana. Originally west of the Great Lakes in Montana and Alberta as participants in Plains Natives culture.
- Crow mythology – A North American tribe from the Great Plains area of the United States. The shaman of the tribe was known as an Akbaalia ("healer").
- Lakota mythology – A North American tribe, also known as the Sioux.
- Pawnee mythology – A North American tribe originally located in Nebraska, United States.
Muskogean (southern US) and Iroquois (Eastern US)
- Iroquois mythology (Five Nations)
- Cherokee – A North American culture situated in the southeastern United States and in Oklahoma.
- Choctaw mythology Choctaw – A North American culture in the southeastern United States and Oklahoma. Originally from the Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana area.
- Creek mythology Creek – A North American culture in the southeastern United States and Oklahoma. Originally from the Alabama, Georgia, and Florida area. The shaman was called an Alektca.
- Ho-Chunk mythology – Ho-Chunk and Winnebago are North Americans tribes which were once a single tribe living in Wisconsin.
- Wyandot religion – A North American people (sometimes referred to as the Huron) originally from Ontario, Canada, and surrounding areas.
- Seneca mythology – A North American people, one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy from the northeastern United States.
Alaska and Canada
- Haida mythology
- Inuit mythology – A North American people culturally similar to other peoples of the polar regions.
- Kwakwaka'wakw mythology
- Lummi – A North American tribe from the Pacific Northwest, Washington State area.
- Nuu-chah-nulth mythology
- Salish mythology
- Tsimshian mythology
Uto-Aztecan (Great Basin to Mexico)
- Hopi mythology – A North American community located in the southwestern United States.
- Miwok mythology – A North American people in Northern California.
- Ohlone mythology – A North American people in Northern California.
- Ute mythology
Other southwestern US
- Diné Bahane' (Navajo) – A North American nation from the southwestern United States.
- Pomo mythology – A North American people in Northern California.
- Zuni mythology
- Aztec, a Mesoamerican empire centered in the valley of Mexico
- Maya, a Mesoamerican people of southern Mexico and northern Central America
- Chilote, the cultures of Chono and Huilliche, who live on the Chiloé Archipelago, off the coast of southern Chile
- Guaraní, an indigenous people of the Gran Chaco, especially in Paraguay and parts of the surrounding areas of Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia
- Inca, a South American empire based in the central Andes mountain range
- Mapuche, an indigenous people of the Southern Cone, especially in Chile and some regions of Argentina
- Earth-maker myth, Native American, California.