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).
1 Algonquian (northeastern US, Great Lakes) 2 Plains Natives 3 Muskogean (Southeastern US) and Iroquois (Northeastern US) 4 Alaska (United States) and Canada 5 Northwestern US and Western Canada 6 Uto-Aztecan (Southwestern US and Mexico) 7 Other southwestern US 8 Central America 9 South America 10 See also 11 Bibliography 12 External links
Algonquian (northeastern US, Great Lakes)
From the full moon fell Nokomis - from The Story of Hiawatha, 1910
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 band most commonly found west
Blackfoot mythology – A North American tribe or band who
currently live in
Muskogean (Southeastern US) and Iroquois (Northeastern US)
Alaska (United States) and Canada
Haida mythology Inuit mythology – A North American people culturally similar to other peoples of the polar regions. Tsimshian mythology
Northwestern US and Western Canada
Kwakwaka'wakw mythology Lummi – A North American tribe from the Pacific Northwest, Washington state area. Nuu-chah-nulth mythology Salish mythology – A North American tribe or band in Montana, Idaho, Washington and British Columbia, Canada.
Uto-Aztecan (Southwestern US and Mexico)
Miwok mythology – A North American tribe in Northern California. Ohlone mythology – A North American tribe in Northern California. Pomo mythology – A North American tribe in Northern California. Ute mythology - A North American tribe located in both northwestern and southwestern United States.
Other southwestern US
Aztec, an ancient Central American empire centered in the valley of
Mayan, an ancient Central American people of southern Mexico and
northern Central America.
Olmec, an ancient Central American people of south-central Mexico, in
the present-day states of
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
Earth-maker myth, Native American, California.
Colin F. Taylor (1994). Native American myths and legends. Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-8317-6290-2. Sam D. Gill; Irene F. Sullivan (1994). Dictionary of Native American mythology. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-508602-7. Diana Ferguson (2001). Native American myths. Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated. ISBN 978-1-85585-824-4. Dawn Elaine Bastian; Judy K. Mitchell (2004). Handbook of Native American Mythology. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-85109-533-9. Fred Ramen (2008). Native American Mythology. The Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4042-0738-7. Tom Lowenstein; Piers Vitebsky (2011). Native American Myths and Beliefs. The Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4488-5992-4. Hartley Burr Alexander (2012). Native American Mythology. Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0-486-12279-3. Lewis Spence (2012). Native American Myths. Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0-486-11235-0. Q. L. Pearce (2012). Native American Mythology. Lucent Books. ISBN 978-1-4205-0716-4.
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