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]

Plains Natives[edit]

  • 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)[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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